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posted 10-31-2006 12:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA's Moon Program: Paving the Way for Apollo 11
by David Harland
David Harland proposes a series of books on the theme of NASA's Moon Program of the 1960s and early 1970s. Presented chronologically, "NASA's Moon Program -- The Early Years" will outline the Mercury and Gemini manned missions, the unmanned lunar probes and the Apollo missions leading up to Apollo 11, covering that mission only as a postscript. "The First Men on the Moon -- The Story of Apollo 11" due for release in September 2006 is devoted solely to that mission. "Apollo -- The Definitive Sourcebook" published in 2006 covered all the missions, including the unmanned tests, in an encyclopaedic style which cited facts and figures in a stylised manner. "Exploring the Moon -- The Apollo Expeditions" was published in 1999, focusing on the final three Apollo missions, and covered only their activities on the lunar surface. A fully re-illustrated second edition with colour illustrations will be released in 2008. The individual mission books in this series will relate to the planning, flight and results, and be written in the same style as "The First Men on the Moon -- The Story of Apollo 11"; i.e. using dialogue from the in-flight transcripts (including some conversations never broadcast) to bring their stories to life. With the release of the book on Apollo 11 David Harland will then cover the other five missions that landed on the Moon, concluding by 2012 -- the 40th anniversary of the 'last' Apollo mission.

Each of the Apollo missions that reached the Moon deserves its own book-lenth account covering planning, the flight, and the scientific results. This series will become the definitive account of the Apollo era. It will give the Springer/Praxis list unrivalled coverage of the Apollo era of space exploration as the 40th anniversary approaches in 2009 and the world looks back with a sense of wonderment at the achievement. Plans are already in train for a return to the Moon by 2020 to create a Moonbase.

  • Spring-Praxis Publishing, UK
  • 2007, Approx. 415 p., 202 illus., 32 in colour, Softcover
  • ISBN-10: 0-387-68131-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-387-68131-3

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posted 10-31-2006 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A word from David Harland. This book is slated for publication for the summer of 2008, not 2007.

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posted 05-05-2007 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
David Harland just wrote me that he has just started writing it.

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posted 01-05-2008 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to David Harland for providing an update of this much anticipated book (my opinion here!): it's due to be published in December 08.

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posted 05-26-2009 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's the link to Springer US. Book to be published in July.

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Courtesy of David Harland, the book is 470-page long and there is no color section. David also provided the following details:
NASA's Moon Program
Paving the Way for Apollo 11

It is impractical to cover all the strands of this effort in a single volume in equal detail. Nor can any given strand be properly appreciated in isolation. My approach is therefore to write a series of books, each of which applies a magnifying glass to a certain number of strands and glosses over others. This book focuses on what was known about the Moon at the dawn of the space age and details the robotic projects that paved the way for the first Apollo lunar landing, in particular the Surveyors that soft-landed to investigate the physical and chemical nature of the lunar surface and the Lunar Orbiters sent to reconnoitre possible landing sites. I used the mission reports as my primary source of information - there are many thousands of pages available on the NASA Technical Report Server. Millions of dollars were spent developing and flying the vehicles used to take close-up pictures of the Moon and, like the mission reports, until recently they remained in archives. I have assembled some of the contiguous photographic sequences taken by the Lunar Orbiters to illustrate the process by which the site for the first Apollo landing was selected. To my knowledge, they have never previously been made available to the public in this form

Contents

  1. Astronomers' Moon
    Classical philosophers
    The Renaissance in astronomy
    Early telescopic impressions of the Moon
    Mapping the Moon
    The surface material

  2. Geologists' Moon
    Early ideas about lunar craters
    A different point of view
    Stratigraphic mapping
    Whence the Moon?

  3. The space age dawns
    Missiles and space
    Satellite shock
    America tries for the Moon
    Soviet lunar flyby
    NASA embraces lunar science
    More Soviet successes

  4. Preparing Ranger
    Firming up the plan
    Management issues
    The spacecraft
    Deep-space tracking

  5. The Apollo commitment
    The role of man in space
    Kennedy's challenge
    Rangers for Apollo
    Apollo underway

  6. Ranger struggles
    Stranded
    Lunar flyby
    Lobotomy
    Power failure
    TV failure

  7. Ranger triumphs
    Success at last
    Repeat performance
    TV spectacular
    Mission accomplished

  8. Soviet activity
    The second generation
    Filling in the gap
    On the surface
    In lunar orbit

  9. Developing Lunar Orbiter
    Changing horses
    Boeing wins
    Mission objectives
    The spacecraft

  10. On the surface
    "My God, it landed!"
    Tumbling out of control

  11. The Apollo zone
    Reconnaissance flights
    Apollo site short-list

  12. Scratching the Moon
    A bouncy landing
    Outcome unknown

  13. Orbiters for science
    Global mapping
    Scientific targets
    Wrapping up

  14. Tasting the Moon
    A risky descent
    On the meridian
    Inferences about the maria
    The southern highlands
    Roving plans

  15. Apollo development
    Organisation
    Plans and schedules
    Early unmanned testing
    The Gemini legacy
    Setback and recovery

  16. Apollo picks up the pace
    Moon rocket
    A spectacular 'all up' test
    The first LM
    A daring plan
    Boring holes in the sky
    Men orbit the Moon!
    The Spider
    Dress rehearsal
    End game

    Index

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posted 06-19-2009 06:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book has been released by Springer (available from their web site).

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posted 07-09-2009 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hermit   Click Here to Email hermit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To those of you who are having difficulty in ordering my latest book 'Paving the Way for Apollo 11' from amazon.com (they are telling people that they are unable to obtain copies from the publisher and are cancelling their orders), the book is available from Springer and ships next-day.

Anyway, if anyone wishes to provide feedback please feel free to get in touch directly at dave.harland@ntlworld.com

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posted 07-10-2009 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon.com has placed it back under "pre-order" category...

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posted 07-13-2009 04:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hermit   Click Here to Email hermit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon.com says: In stock on July 16, 2009.

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Amazon.com now says: In Stock.

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