Synopses & Reviews
Continuing the popular Haynes Owners' Workshop Manual space series, which currently comprises Apollo 11 Manual and NASA Space Shuttle Manual, this unique book provides an insight into the only car ever built to be driven on the surface of another world. With a Foreword by the first Apollo astronaut to drive it on the Moon, Dave Scott, and published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of mankind’s final drive on the Moon in December 2012. The book is part mechanical guide, illustrated with many of the technical drawings from the time, and part narrative-driven story of engineering ingenuity and human triumph. It draws on the rich NASA photographic archive and the complete transcripts of the crews' reaction to driving across the Moon, which the authors have an un-paralleled knowledge and experience of working with.
This Haynes Manual describes a truly unique vehicle – part car, part spacecraft – from its uncertain gestation in the 1960s through its ultimate engineering design and build challenges, to its extraordinary off-road drives through the rugged lunar highlands in the 1970s, when the lives of six human beings depended on it. The absorbing text focuses on the Lunar Rover’s engineering, design and operation, and is supported by many technical drawings and stunning images from the rich NASA photographic archive.
About the Author
Dr Christopher Riley, a former planetary scientist, is a historian of human space flight and director of over 100 TV programmes on his subject
W. David Woods has studied the engineering behind the Apollo programme for nearly 20 years, and edits and curates NASA’s Apollo Flight Journal (AFJ).
Phillip Dolling is a multi-award winning Executive Producer at the BBC, responsible for many of the corporation’s flagship factual strands.