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Apollo 9 : the NASA mission reports
Godwin, Robert, 1958-
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Burlington, Ont., Canada : Apogee Books, [between 1990-1999?]
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232 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
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Title of CDROM: Apollo 9 : three to make ready.
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Central Library TL789.8.U6 A5135 1990Z Book and Software Set Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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'Apollo 9' finally puts in one place four of the most important documents from this auspicious flight: the Apollo 9 press kit; the Apollo 9 pre-flight mission operation report; the Apollo 9 post launch mission operation report; and the Apollo 9 mission operation report supplement.

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Booklist Review

Launching a series coincident with the thirtieth anniversaries of the Apollo series of launches, the publisher's mission objective is reaching the committed space-flight devotee. Visually, the firm's format includes color stills from the particular flight and a 15-minute color movie on CD, NASA's quaintly vintage PR flick spliced together immediately afterward from flight footage. This series' marquee attraction, however, is NASA's written documentation for the mission. Reprinted verbatim--and no space nut will care about its photocopylike quality--the docs provide about all the detail one could possible want, short of the engineering equations necessary for designing a Saturn rocket from scratch. Sandwiched between a press kit for reporters and the postmission official memo describing anomalies encountered and mission goals achieved, there's a riot of diagrams illustrating rockets, capsules, space suits, hatches, and instrument panels; time lines to the second of mission events; graphs of tracking networks and recovery areas; and nominal NASAspeak explanations of every item so illustrated--in short, all the rocket-science details left out of space-flight photo albums that populate library collections. The series, slated for a rolling publication through next year, may be niche material, but budding Tsiolkovskys, Goddards, and von Brauns will devour each title. Gilbert Taylor

Choice Review

In these three volumes, editor Godwin has collected material from NASA archives to succinctly summarize material concerning three space missions. Friendship 7 reports on the flight of the third man into space, John Glenn, in February 1962. A compendium of NASA news releases, it covers the mission's operational requirements and plans; the spacecraft and its related system; the life support system and biomedical instrumentation; launch checkouts and systems; spacecraft checkout and systems; flight control and flight plans; recovery operations; medical preparations and examination results; physiological responses; astronaut preparation; pilot performance and flight report; and a summary of the results. There are four appendixes, one of which covers the complete transcript of the communications between Glenn and the ground during the flight. Eight pages of color photographs. In the second volume, Godwin's collected material details the December 1968 Apollo 8 mission, the first NASA mission to go into deep space and into circumlunar orbit, thus proving that a lunar landing would be possible. Designed to beat the Russians to the moon, it was perhaps the most daring and audacious US space undertaking up to that time. The book consists of a press kit and three mission report documents--the preflight mission report index, the preflight supplemental report index, and the postflight missions objectives index. Eight pages of color photographs. During the Apollo 9 mission, the first NASA mission to provide a manned test of the lunar module, two space ships moved apart and rejoined, and extravehicular activity was undertaken from the command module. This third volume includes the full Apollo 9 press kit, the mission operations report, a mission operations report supplement, and a postlaunch mission operation report. In each of these volumes, the drawings, figures, tables, and maps are reproductions from the original reports and are sometimes are hard to read. Each is accompanied by a CD-ROM that offers more information and requires as a minimum Windows 95, with Web browser and Internet access recommended. All three volumes contain in-depth descriptions of the hardware details and timelines of the flights, which will fascinate the technically oriented reader. Highly recommended for space buffs who want detailed information on these flights. All levels. W. E. Howard III; Universities Space Research Association

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