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cspg
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posted 12-25-2008 01:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA Apollo 11 Manual: An Insight into the Hardware from the First Manned Mission to Land on the Moon
by Chris Riley and Phil Dolling
Dr. Christopher Riley is a broadcaster and film-maker specialising in history and science documentaries. In 2004 he won the Sir Arthur Clarke award for the BBC1 blockbuster series Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets. His latest film In the Shadow of the Moon: The Story of the Apollo Astronauts, won the World Cinema Audience Award in 2007.
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (June 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1844256839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844256839
[A bit early to post this book but it may be worth keeping an eye open.]

cspg
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posted 01-02-2009 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Product description (according to amazon.com):
On 20 July 1969, US astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. This is the story of the Apollo 11 mission and the 'space hardware' that made it all possible. This manual looks at the evolution and design of the mighty Saturn V rocket, the Command and Service Modules, and the Lunar Module. It describes the space suits worn by the crew and their special life support systems. We learn about how the Apollo 11 mission was flown - from launch procedures to 'flying' the Saturn V and the 'LEM', and from moon walking to the earth re-entry procedure.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 01-04-2009 03:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This could be quite interesting.

Haynes are a UK company which originally specialised in producing maintenance manuals for cars. The have diversified from the original theme (probably due to the demise of truly awful, maintenance-intensive British Leyland cars!), and recently issued the "Owner's Workshop Manual on the Spitfire 1936 onwards (all marks)." A slightly tongue-in-cheek title but an excellent detailed analysis. This has now been followed up with the Lancaster.

cspg
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posted 01-13-2009 12:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon.com has now a modified title for that book:

NASA Apollo 11 Manual: 1969 (including Saturn V, CM-107, SM-107, LM-5).

Along with a new release date of November 1, 2009.

Apolloman
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posted 06-03-2009 02:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apolloman   Click Here to Email Apolloman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
Along with a new release date of November 1, 2009.
Erroneous information: In Stock.

garymilgrom
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posted 06-03-2009 06:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you read the book? The cover art - a take-off of the Haynes auto manual - is clever, but I wonder if the book reveals anything new. Thank you.

Apolloman
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posted 06-03-2009 07:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apolloman   Click Here to Email Apolloman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, I have it to order 2 days ago, I shall receive it end of the week or at the beginning of the next week.

Mr Meek
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posted 06-03-2009 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had one of those spontaneous, annoy-the-neighbors-loud bursts of laughter when I saw this. Absolutely perfect! I've used Haynes manuals on every car I've owned, and this looks to be a brilliant addition to the library.

If the book is written in keeping with other Haynes manuals, this could be very instructive and, frankly, hilarious. The mental image of someone rolling up their sleeves and changing the oil on the LM out in the driveway is just great, and something that none of us (well, other than maybe Robert or Francis ) will ever get to do.

Genius choice of topic on Haynes' part, and I'll definitely be adding it to the shelf.

cspg
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posted 06-03-2009 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Apolloman:
In Stock.
Ha-ha! Not surprising since it's an UK-produced book. The link I provided makes reference to the US publication date (amazon.com versus amazon.co.uk).

But I'm not buying any books from the UK. The US has a far more favorable exchange rate.

FFrench
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posted 06-03-2009 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mr Meek:
The mental image of someone rolling up their sleeves and changing the oil on the LM out in the driveway is just great, and something that none of us (well, other than maybe Robert or Francis) will ever get to do.
Shhhh! Mine is not permitted for street use yet...

OLDIE
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posted 06-03-2009 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OLDIE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This book is more a book for the car mechanic or "nuts and bolts" enthusiast. As a former Archivist, I was much more interested in Rod Pyle's book "Missions to the Moon". This not only has a load of replica documents, but also photos of others such as the Customs Form that the Apollo 11 astronauts had to fill in on return to earth. But - each to their own. Enjoy the adventure of spaceflight in your own way

Apolloman
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posted 06-03-2009 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apolloman   Click Here to Email Apolloman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
But I'm not buying any books from the UK. The US has a far more favorable exchange rate.
As we say in France... "Au diable l'avarice"... I am on that you will understand.

pollux
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posted 06-03-2009 04:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pollux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My copy arrived this morning. I doubt that there is anything new in this book, but that's not the point. It is such a FUN book, it deserves a place on a space bookshelf. If you know Haynes car manuals you'll know what to expect. Oay, you may not be able to strip down a LM and change the oxygen cylinders, but you get loads of cutaways and layouts. It's essentially a 200 page history of spaceflight up to the end of the moon landings, with emphasis on Apollo 11. But, and this is its USP, it is presented, almost tongue in cheek, in the style of a car maintenance manual. Even the books title is in the style of Haynes Car Manuals - "Apollo 11 1969 (including Saturn V, CM-107, SM-107, LM-5)".

Chapters are:

  1. Intro
  2. Saturn Rocket
  3. CSM
  4. Guidance and Nav systems
  5. LM
  6. Space Suits
  7. Comms
  8. J-class missions
  9. Appendices
Just looking at it as I type, it makes me grin! And if you've seen the Spitfire and Lancaster Haynes manuals, you'll know what to expect.

Definitely gets a thumbs up from me.

Spoon
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posted 06-04-2009 04:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spoon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For somebody who wants a concise technical overview of the spacecraft systems of Apollo 11, this would be an ideal purchase.

There are many reproductions of system diagrams in the book as well, (quite a few provided by a certain "Spaceaholic"!) these being my highlight and worth the cover price alone (to me, anyway!).

The authors reference Dave Woods tremendous "How Apollo Flew to the Moon" as well as Alan Lawrie's "Saturn" and this does show in the text. This book provides a nice jumping off point to more detailed works such as these.

This is the type of book from which lifelong love affairs can blossom!

garymilgrom
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posted 06-04-2009 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for all the comments, you guys are great. I've ordered both the Haynes and the Rod Pyle book. I hope cS gets something on the Amazon click-thru!

nasamad
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posted 06-04-2009 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has the Haynes got the usual step by step photographs? Such as, how to unblock the urine dump valve, what to do when an inboard engine shuts down early, how to avoid pogo, etc.

If not, I can't see what use it is, and I'm gonna have to take my stack to the local garage again, at £50 an hour labour.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 11-18-2009 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anybody read this?

What is special about this book that we have not seen yet? Any opinions?

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