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cspg
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posted 10-31-2008 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Complete Moon Missions Experience
The Adventure of Man's Greatest Achievement
Contains Rare and Removable Memorabilia

by Rod Pyle

From the beginning of recorded history man has gazed into space and yearned to explore. Missions to the Moon tells the compelling story of mans journey to the moon and the stunning photographs and facsimile documents make it essential reading for everyone interested in science and exploration, as well as anyone who lived through the momentous Apollo 11 landing in 1969.

Beginning with the Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War, this unique book traces our quest to reach the moon. Through the inclusion of 200 stunning photographs and at least 15 beautifully recreated rare facsimile documents you will witness the first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin in 1961, experience the terrifying failures and stunning triumphs of the Apollo Missions, marvel at the first manned landing on the moon by Apollo 11, and gaze into the future of space exploration.

About the Author
Rod Pyle is a producer, writer and director of documentary programmes that have been shown around the world, including Modern Marvels: Apollo 11 and In Their Own Words: The Space Race. Rod was formerly the Vice President of Communications for the World Space Foundation and the senior editor and contributor to their two publications, the Astronautics Journal and Foundation News. He also worked at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California and produced Launchlink, a public celebration of NASA's Space Shuttle. Rod has been a consultant for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Battlestar Gallactica. He wrote Destination Moon for Carlton Books, published in 2005. He lives in the US.

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Publishing Group; Ill edition (May 1, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1847322522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847322524

rodpyle
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posted 12-06-2008 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rodpyle   Click Here to Email rodpyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi! I'm the author of this book and I'm happy to see some advance notice. Not mentioned in the Carlton press release is the forward for the book by Gene Kranz. I was thrilled to add it.

If you love Apollo (and space flight for that matter), this book should be fun. I scoured the JSC archives for material, and one of my favorite finds was a memo from Gilruth wanting to change the name of "Project Mercury" to "Project Astronaut"! Also included are some neat old Apollo planning trajectory drawings and a few pages of Kranz's Apollo 13 logbook, among other items.

I look forward to your input when the book is released in May.

E2M Lem Man
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posted 12-10-2008 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This sounds great and I am looking forward to its publication next year. I would like to review it for The American Astronautical Society.

Jim Busby

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posted 01-14-2009 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rodpyle   Click Here to Email rodpyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That would be great! I hope you enjoy it. If you have any trouble getting a reviewers copy, let me know and I'll make sure one gets to you.

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posted 05-26-2009 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for taylora98   Click Here to Email taylora98     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you are after a copy of the 64 page hardback with all the pullout extras etc: £14.99 at "The Works" compared to £20 at Amazon.

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posted 05-26-2009 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The search engine on their web site delivers a message 'No matching products found' for this particular title.

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posted 05-26-2009 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for taylora98   Click Here to Email taylora98     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe in store only then? I purchased a copy from the Southend store on Saturday. There were about 5 copies in the store.

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posted 05-26-2009 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My girlfriend pointed it out to me in "The Works" in Romford a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't leave without it) much as I didn't need to spend the money!

Anyway its a great, I hesitate to call it a "book" as it more than that, a great item. It reminds me of the Apollo 11 museum thing that was put out by the Smithsonian (I believe) a few years ago.

Anyway Rod, nice to see you on the forum, great job and I'd recommend it to the other guys and gals here.

E2M Lem Man
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posted 05-26-2009 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have taken a good long look at this book, and it is an incredible fun-filled educational book. What a happy 40th anniversary present Apollo!

The text is well done and all the collectibles inside are great. Many even I haven't seen before. Included are lunar maps, A TASS newspaper about Soyuz 4-5's flight, an Apollo-7 AP news crew photo and many more -- even the CM's main panel, at about 1/2 size.

I am looking forward to Rod's next book project.

rodpyle
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posted 05-27-2009 05:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rodpyle   Click Here to Email rodpyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry I didn't make it back sooner. Book promotion is an unpaid enterprise for the author, so... I've been busy.

Thank you s much for the kind words! It was a heck of a lot of work to put this together (more than it would appear when one leafs through just 64 pages!), but truly a labor of love. I'm now thinking of ways to share the approximately 600 other images and documents I gathered but was unable to use.

Doing one of these "multimedia" books is kind of like building a really complex model... by the time you're done, you never want to see it again. Then, in about a week, you can't wait to start over!

Currently awaiting word on two more titles in the space genre. I'll post here if I get any news, because you guys have been great.

Oh, and feel free to buy an extra copy for that special person in your life...

rodpyle
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posted 05-30-2009 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rodpyle   Click Here to Email rodpyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
PS: I have a blog up where you can download more archival material from the Apollo era. Some has been seen before, some were pretty hard to unearth. Enjoy!

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posted 07-29-2009 08:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got my copy today from amazon.co.uk.

Indeed this looks like a fun book to read with the different facsimile reproductions! A very nice coffee-sized table book and... it comes in a slipcase! This is really neat! I wish similar books had slipcases too! It's a great idea.

By the way, my copy is entitled: "Missions to the Moon: The Complete Story of Man's Greatest Adventure."

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