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Apollo : the epic journey to the moon
Reynolds, David West.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harcourt, [2002]

Physical Description:
272 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
General Note:
"A Tehabi book."
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TL789.8.U6 A58113 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TL789.8.U6 A58113 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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NASA's Apollo answered President Kennedy's 1961 directive to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth by the end of the decade. The astronauts, scientists, and mission control operators who took part in the fifteen manned Apollo missions not only accomplished this memorable triumph of courage and technical ingenuity, they stirred the world's imagination and redefined the notion of what is truly possible.

In this captivating story of adventure and exploration, expert David West Reynolds presents a complete and engaging reconstruction of all the key events and personalities in the Apollo program. From the thrilling experiences of the astronauts to the men of extraordinary vision and skill who built a reality out of a dream, Reynolds captures the drama of this epic journey.

Rendering complex and technical material into accessible terms for the uninitiated reader, while providing unusual details for the aficionado, Apollo: The Epic Journey to the Moon takes you along on the most unforgettable ride of the twentieth century.

Author Notes

David West Reynolds is the author of six books, including #1 New York Times bestseller Star Wars: Episode I, The Visual Dictionary. He holds a doctorate in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan. An expert in space exploration, Reynolds is directing a project with a group of lunar and astrophysical scientists to recover image data from a little-known 1973 Soviet moon landing. He lives in Marin County, California. Wally Schirra, one of the Original Seven astronauts, is the only astronaut to have flown on all three NASA programs-Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. He lives in San Diego, California. Von Hardesty is a historian and curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He is the editor of the Cambridge Centennial of Flight book series. He lives in Grottoes, Virginia."

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This title is definitely one of the best books written about Apollo in recent years. An exuberantly visual treatment of the Saturn/Apollo combination and its specific missions, the work also rues the fact that the Apollo program was rushed to meet JFK's deadline, and didn't fully realize the dreams of Werner von Braun and other 1950s space dreamers whose visions were captured in the paintings of Chesley Bonestell. These form several of a train of full-page sidebars that dominate this book, a design element that invites browsing. Almost every major component of the Apollo complex is displayed, from the ground installations, to the titanic first stage, up to the moonwalker's spacesuit. Standing out among these layouts are those devoted to the most daring and scientifically significant missions, Apollo 15 and 17. Using a panoramic photographic mosaic of those two landing sites amid mountains, Reynolds forcefully impresses the otherworldliness of the moon. In the windup, Reynolds shows von Braun's plan and illustrations for scaling up Apollo into a space station, moon bases, and expeditions to Mars. Instead, following the Skylab interlude, Apollo was turned over to scrap dealers and museum curators. Reynolds' work will attract throngs of readers. --Gilbert Taylor

Library Journal Review

Among the many books written on the history of the Apollo program, this one, by classical archaeologist Reynolds, stands out. The author of six previous books, including Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, Reynolds looks back on the history of Apollo from the perspective of the 21st century. NASA, despite its success, was not the flawless government agency many believed it to be, and the lunar astronauts themselves were not simply one-dimensional heroes but complex human beings with failings. Nevertheless, America won the race to the moon, and this book re-creates the drama the whole world experienced over 30 years ago. The well-written text is accompanied by numerous photos and drawings much more so than most other works on Apollo history. The author's explanations of complex technological matters are easy to understand, and readers will appreciate the small details he recounts, such as how astronauts repaired a fender on the lunar rover with duct tape. Recommended for all libraries. Jeffrey Beall, Univ. of Colorado Lib., Denver (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Archaeologist Reynolds combines a scholarly approach to space exploration and a detailed understanding of the Apollo moon missions with an interesting, well-written, and easy-to-read narrative whose plethora of accompanying color photographs and diagrams are truly spectacular. Topic coverage is exceptionally broad and complete. Included are detailed cutaway drawings of items like space suits and the Lunar Rover, and excellent descriptions of the Cape Kennedy launch site, the various types of moon rocks, and the moonscape. More than a "doorstop," the book contains beautiful up-close photographs of the Moon and Earth as seen from space. There is a good two-page bibliography for related reading and an adequate four-page index. The foreword is by Wally Schirra, Apollo 7 astronaut; the afterword by Gene Cernan, Apollo 17 astronaut; and the introduction by Von Hardesty, curator of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Highly recommended for both professional and casual readers at every educational level. W. E. Howard III formerly, Universities Space Research Association

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Dawn of the Space Age
Chapter 2 Aiming for the Moon
Chapter 3 Landing on the Moon
Chapter 4 Moon Explorers
Chapter 5 Beyond Apollo