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The Moon Odyssey Explained
THAT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN ...
The Moon has always fascinated humans, and thoughts on how to get there occupied minds for hundreds of years. During the space race, setting foot on the Moon was the ultimate goal and the Apollo missions to the Moon are amongst the most successful and well-remembered manned space flights that NASA ever accomplished.
In PROJECT APOLLO Norman Ferguson reveals fascinating facts and figures, and recounts amazing stories about the astronauts and their spacecraft, and how they made the giant leap for mankind.
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In this book, aviation author Norman Ferguson reveals fascinating facts and figures about the Project Apollo. Norman also recounts stories about the astronauts, their spacecraft and their missions, whose achievements have never been surpassed and how they made that giant leap for mankind (I had to).
The Apollo missions to the Moon are some of the most successful and well-remembered spaceflights that NASA has ever accomplished, taking place in the heyday of space travel. Not only was the mission a success, even 13 helped change the future of space travel, it also proved how resilient we are and how even miles away from the earth we can rebuild and use science to our advantage (NASA still calls 13 a failure).
The Apollo programme was the only one to achieve the ultimate goal of placing humankind on the Moon, which it did six times between 1969 and 1972.
The first crewed flight was in 1968. It achieved its goal of the crewed lunar landing, despite the major setback in 1967 where Apollo 1 had cabin fire that killed the entire crew during a prelaunch test. Five of the remaining six missions achieved successful landings, but then the Apollo 13 landing was prevented by an oxygen tank explosion in transit to the Moon.
The program has reportedly brought back 382 kg of lunar rocks and soil to Earth, greatly contributing to the understanding of the Moon's composition and geological history.
The program laid the foundation for NASA's subsequent human spaceflight capability and funded the construction of both the Johnson and Kennedy Space Centres. Apollo also spurred advances in many areas of technology including avionics, telecommunications, and computers.
This book is fascinating and allows us to gain an insight into such an exciting time in history, A time where we achieved what we thought was impossible. This book is wonderful and factual I did find that I needed a little break to break up all the information but that might just be a personal issue. Also the tales that we were told filled me with such a warm fuzzy feeling it was great.