This manual at least lifts the gloom in showing what is possible and where the future may take us. This is a story of real heroes going where no man has gone before. It is a testament to man’s creative ability and the determination of a handful of people to take the next great step. It is impossible to read this work without awe and it is a book that deserves to be very widely read. The standard of illustration is excellent and the production does justice to the story. Highly recommended.
NAME: Apollo 11 Owner’s Workshop Manual
CLASSIFICATION: Book reviews
AUTHOR: Phil Dolling, Christopher Riley
BINDING: Hard back
PRICE: GB £19.99
SUBJECT: Apollo missions, space race, rockets, Saturn launch vehicles, space craft, manned space flight, lunar landing, lunar module, command module, space flight, exploration, technology
DESCRIPTION: In creating this owner’s handbook the authors have included a history of rockets and early space flight. It seems incredible that man walked on the Moon some forty years ago, the culmination of an amazing series of developments that allowed the impossible to be achieved. Apollo 11 drew a huge international audience glued to their television sets watching the most dramatic technical step since the invention of stone tools. A brief span later and Apollo 13 was considered non news until a serious malfunction created the probability that the space craft would be lost in space with her crew. The story began with a small number of pioneers building small rockets and inspired by science fiction stories. Then World War Two forced technology forward and the Germans began building ballistic missiles that made space exploration a distinct possibility. The designer of German rockets was adopted by the US to help build rocket weapons to compete with the USSR in a new type of Cold War. The US assumed technical superiority and was deeply shocked when the USSR launched the first orbiting satellite, then launched dogs and moneys into space and finally put a man in orbit. A new US President saw space exploitation as a vital round in the Cold War and determined to place an American on the Moon before any other nation. That seemed to be an impossible task and yet less than a decade later the first American stepped onto the lunar surface. In terms of space flight it was a very short step but a major advance after previous rocket launches had managed to place men in orbit just above the Earth’s atmosphere. Not only was this event a milestone in human development it also marked the start of the end of the Cold War. As a primarily political programme the US space effort stepped down many gears as politicians spent the peace dividend. Had the pace of development been maintained, man might already be attempting to travel beyond the solar system. As it was the Apollo program rapidly wound down and the focus became Earth orbital flight and the building of a multi-national space station in orbit around the Earth. The remaining Apollo components headed off to the museums and a great opportunity was postponed. As this new book is released, NASA is preparing the last two Space Shuttle missions to the International Space Station. STS-133 has been delayed due to fuel leaks. When the Shuttle Discovery returns from its final mission it will follow Apollo into the museums, Shuttle Endeavour will then launch and again return to be turned into an exhibit and there will be a period when the US is dependent on Russian space craft to maintain the International Space Station. The Climate Fraudsters and Eco Luddites continue to encourage navel contemplation and space exploration is running well behind where it should be. It is the equivalent to stopping the Industrial Revolution in its first years. For now we have little more than a glorious past to look back on. This manual at least lifts the gloom in showing what is possible and where the future may take us. This is a story of real heroes going where no man has gone before. It is a testament to man’s creative ability and the determination of a handful of people to take the next great step. It is impossible to read this work without awe and it is a book that deserves to be very widely read. The standard of illustration is excellent and the production does justice to the story. Highly recommended.