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.
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)