Synopses & Reviews
The First Men on the Moon offers a lively definitive account of the Apollo 11 mission based on the in-flight transcripts post-flight debriefing, with illustrative contextual pictures, especially featuring recent scans of the original Hasselblad film and including conversations among the crew in the spacecraft that were not transmitted. The introductory chapters review the motivation to land on the Moon by the end of the 1960s, the development of the Saturn V rocket and the Apollo spacecraft as the means of doing so, the selection of potential landing sites, the precursor missions, and the backgrounds of the three men who were to fly Apollo 11. The final chapters will discuss what was learned of the moonrocks, and review the follow-on missions. In addition to having many 'small' in-line black-and-white illustrations with the text running around them, the book features the high-resolution scans recently produced by NASA from the original Hasselblad film, reproduced in a substantial color section. David Harland's impressive expertise in, and considerable experience wriring about, the Moon landings shines through and seemlessly unites the myriad details From the reviews of Harland's Exploring the Moon: "A detailed guide to what the astronauts did during their stays on the lunar surface. Walk(s) the reader through the prospecting excursions and then incorporate(s) decades of subsequent analysis to put the explorations of dust, rocks, craters, and rilles into geologic context." SKY & TELESCOPE "Very well illustrated... All aficionados of the Apollo program will find much to appreciate in [this book]." "...this is an interesting account of one of the most extraordinary decades in history...a very different book. David Harland probably knows more about the nuts and bolts of the Russian and American space programs than any other author and it shows." LUNAR & PLANETARY INFORMATION BULLETIN
From the reviews: "Space historian Hartland begins with background about the astronauts and the mission, but mostly focuses on the actual time line and events of Apollo II. ... The book includes an excellent selection of full-page black-and-white photographs, a section of color images, and several interesting table about the mission. The conclusion mentions the world tour taken by the Apollo II crew and some of the geological results obtained from the lunar samples. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers." (J. Z. Kiss, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (9), May, 2007) "The First Men on the Moon is a timely clarion call to turn our eyes again to the stars (or at least the Moon and Mars). ... This will be a 'must' for serious space buffs who want to have an archive of all the facts and figures of a pioneering mission and a nostalgic read for older buffers who fondly remember those heady days. At under £20 it is good value, well produced ... ." (David Stickland, The Observatory, Vol. 127 (1200), October, 2007) "The prolific Mr Harland is back again with this detailed account of the flight of Apollo 11. ... The book is well illustrated throughout, and there's even a nice selection of colour plates ... . This is the first in series of books by Harland on each Apollo mission that will be published by Springer-Praxis in the coming years. If they are all as good as this one, then they will be welcome additions to any Apollo fan's library." (Liftoff, Issue 238, March-April, 2007) "I have read many books on the Apollo program ... 'The First Men on the Moon' by David Harland is definitely on the top rung. ... suitable for anyone, from a senior aerospace engineer to someone totally new to reading about space exploration, and therein resides the genius of this book: the newcomers have things methodically explained in a logical manner allowing them to understand the intricacies of the mission ... . it is a very high quality product with excellent illustrations ... ." (Robert I. Hedges, Customer Reviews, September, 2009) "This book is a must for both hard core and causal readers of the subject. The casual reader will develop a greater understanding of linear events while the hard core Apollo enthusiast will enjoy the nuts and bolts of the procedures involved in the mission. In the end this is a must have for anyone's Apollo library." (B. Morris, Amazon, November, 2010)
The introductory chapters review the motivation to land on the Moon by the end of the 1960s, the development of the Saturn V rocket and the Apollo spacecraft as the means of doing so, the selection of potential landing sites, the precursor missions, and the backgrounds of the three men who were to fly Apollo 11, the book will relate in detail the first moonlanding mission. The final chapters will discuss what was learned of the moonrocks, and review the follow-on missions.
In order to bring the story to life, David Harland makes use of the flight plan, mission report, in-flight transcripts, including conversations among the crew in the spacecraft that were not transmitted, as well as the post-flight debriefing. In addition to having many 'small' in-line black-and-white illustrations with the text running around them, the book will feature the high-resolution scans recently produced by NASA from the original Hasselblad film, reproduced in a substantial colour section.
It is expected that 'The First Men on the Moon' will become the definitive account of Apollo 11 and will sell in even larger numbers than David Harland's 'Exploring the Moon - The Apollo Expeditions', which has sold 5,000 plus copies since publication in 1999. Also written in the style of a travelogue, it will complement 'Exploring the Moon' and 'Lunar Exploration' co-authored with Paolo Ulivi.
On 12 April 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first man to orbit the Earth. One month later, President John F. Kennedy challenged the American nation to land a man on the Moon before the decade was out.
On 16 July 1969, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin set off in Apollo 11 to attempt this audacious mission, and succeeded magnificently. This book tells the story of Apollo 11, starting with crew selection and training, the choice of the landing site, and the assembly of the space vehicle, then a detailed account of the mission, featuring the lunar landing and moonwalk, and a review of how our knowledge of the Moon's history was revolutionised as a result. The story is enlivened by dialogue between the astronauts in space and the flight controllers in Mission Control.
This book tells the story of Apollo 11. The story is brought to life by exploiting the flight plan, mission report and in-flight transcripts. A color section features the high-resolution scans recently produced by NASA from the original Hasselblad film.
This book tells the story of Apollo 11 and dispels the myth that NASA faked the moon landings. The story is brought to life by exploiting the flight plan, mission report, in-flight transcripts (including conversations among the crew in the spacecraft that were not transmitted) and post-flight debriefing. It features scans recently produced by NASA of the original Hasselblad film. The final chapters discuss what was learned of the moon rocks, and reviews the follow-on missions. The author's impressive expertise and knowledge of the Moon landings shines through and seamlessly unites the myriad details of the mission.
Table of Contents
Part I. The decision to go the Moon.- The Apollo spacecraft.- CSM.- LM.- The Saturn V launch vehicle.- Ground support.- Mission Control.- MSFN.- Precursor missions.- Gemini.- Apollo 8.- Apollo 9.- Apollo 10.- Selecting a landing site.- Apollo operational constraints.- Lunar Orbiter reconnaissance.- Surveyor surface investigation.- The mascon issue.- Site shortlist.- Part II. The men of Apollo 11.- The crew rotation system.- Neil Armstrong.- Buzz Aldrin.- Michael Collins.- Training.- Simulators.- Geology training.- Surface experiments.- Preparations.- Stacking.- The crawler.- Suiting up.- Witnesses.- The ticking clock.- Setting off.- Ascent.- Activities in parking orbit.- Translunar injection.- Through the radiation belts.- Coasting.- TD and E.- Coasting in passive thermal roll.- Navigational checks.- Crossing the neutral point.- Arrival.- Behind the Moon.- Lunar orbit insertion.- Circularisation.- Viewing the landing site.- Preparations.- Separation.- Descent.- Descent orbit insertion.- Initiation of powered descent.- Touchdown.- Tranquillity Base.- Post-landing activities.- EVA preparations.- On the ladder.- 'One small step'.- The flag ceremony.- Collecting rocks.- Ingress, sleep and preparations to leave.- Coming home.- Liftoff and rendezvous.- TEI.- In-flight press conference.- Entry, splashdown, recovery, BIG suits and quarantine trailer.- Home.- Part III. The lunar samples.- Follow-on missions.- The next two.- The lunar field geologists.- Budget cuts and lost opportunities.- Life after Apollo 11.- Reflections.