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NASA's Moon Program

David Harland proposes a series of books on the theme of NASAs Moon Program of the 1960s and early 1970s. Presented chronologically, NASAs 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 explorationas 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.

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Astronomers' Moon.- Geologists' Moon.- The space age dawns.- Preparing Ranger.- The Apollo commitment.- Ranger struggles.- Ranger triumphs.- Soviet activity.- Developing Lunar Orbiter.- On the surface.- The Apollo zone.- Scratching the Moon.- Orbiters for science.- Tasting the Moon.- Apollo development.- Apollo picks up the pace.


From the reviews: "Space historian/writer Harland ! describes the first and early US satellite programs as well as the Soviet programs. ! In addition to discussing program management, operations, hardware, and performance of the pre-Apollo missions, Harland places heavy emphasis on lunar geology and geography. ! the volume includes more than 150 photographs and drawings of the moon. This historical account ! will be useful to people working in the field of space history and technology. Summing Up: Recommended. Researchers, faculty, and professionals." (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 47 (4), December, 2009) "This new book ! describing what we knew before making the attempt, and how we discovered new things we needed to know before committing Apollo to the first manned lunar landings. ! if you are an engineer, scientist, or a space buff, this book will hold your interest." (James M. Busby, Space Times, Vol. 49 (1), January/February, 2010) "The narrative is fast-moving, informative and logically organized ! . if you want to know, literally to the thousandth of a second, exactly what the Ranger, Lunar Orbiter and Surveyor spacecraft did during their lunar missions, it's in there. Well over 200 well-chosen photos, drawings, diagrams and maps, many of them at full-page size, embellish and clarify the text--they're worth more than '1,000 words' each. ! should reach a wider audience ! . I recommend this volume most highly and without reservation." (Terry Sunday, Amazon, July, 2011)

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