PAVING THE WAY FOR APOLLO 11

David M Harland

PAVING THE WAY FOR APOLLO 11

Within months of its establishment in October 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration devised a program to explore the Moon using robots. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy raised the stakes by challenging his nation to land a man on the Moon before the decade was out.

In Paving the Way for Apollo 11, David M. Harland relates how the robotic projects were scaled up to make possible the first Apollo lunar landing. He focuses particularly on the Surveyors, which soft- landed to investigate the nature of the Moon's surface, both physically and chemically, and the Lunar Orbiters, which reconnoitred potential landing sites. The book is illustrated with high-resolution pictures, many of which are being published for the first time.

Other books in this series will present accounts of the Apollo lunar missions on a flight-by-flight basis, using dialogue from the transcripts (including conversations never broadcast) to bring the stories dramatically to life and illustrated with high-resolution scans made by NASA of the original Hasselblad film.

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Tables
Foreword
Author's preface
Acknowledgements
Acronyms
  1. Astronomers' Moon
  2. Geologists' Moon
  3. The space age dawns
  4. Preparing Ranger
  5. The Apollo commitment
  6. Ranger struggles
  7. Ranger triumphs
  8. Soviet activity
  9. Developing Lunar Orbiter
  10. On the surface
  11. The Apollo zone
  12. Scratching the Moon
  13. Orbiters for science
  14. Tasting the Moon
  15. Apollo development
  16. Apollo picks up the pace
Index


Extent: 496 pages
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-0-387-68131-3



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