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John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon

John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon by John M. Logsdon (January 2011)

While there are many biographies of John F. Kennedy and numerous accounts of the early years of US space efforts, there has to date been no comprehensive account of how the actions taken by JFK's administration have shaped the course of the US space program over the last 45 years. This book, based on primary source material and interviews with key participants, is such an account. It tells the story of how JFK, only four months in office, decided that the US national interest required the country to enter and win the space race by reaching the moon 'before this decade is out.' It traces the evolution of his thinking and policy up until his assassination, which brought to an end his plans to moderate the space program's goals and explore collaboration with the Soviets.

Lunar Impact: The NASA History of Project Ranger (Paperback) by R. Cargill Hall (Author), Paul Dickson (Introduction) (June 2010)

America's first successful attempt at robotic lunar exploration, the nine Project Ranger missions culminated in close-up television images of the moon's surface. Sponsored by NASA and executed by the Jet Propulsion Lab, the project ran from 1959 to 1965. This official NASA publication, illustrated by more than 100 photographs, presents the program's complete history.

Surveyor: Lunar Exploration Program

Surveyor: Lunar Exploration Program: The NASA Mission Reports by Robert Godwin (October 2010)


A complete guide to the critically important Surveyor program, this analysis provides previously unavailable documentation of the lunar exploration NASA conducted between 1966 and 1968. Supplying answers to questions such as Could a spacecraft safely land on the moon and not be swallowed up by lunar dust? Could the extreme temperatures and surface radiation disable the hardware? Could an accurate trajectory be calculated? and Were there places that were flat enough and debris-free to allow a safe landing? this reference details many of the topics that the program researched. A companion CD-ROM, featuring 1,800 additional pages of Surveyor materials as well as restored imagery from the program, is also included.

How Apollo Flew to the Moon

How Apollo Flew to the Moon (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) (Paperback) by W. David Woods (Author) (February 2008)

David Woods tells the exciting story, starting from Americas post war astronautical research facilities, that used the V-2 for the development of Saturn V launcher. He describes the initial launches through manned orbital spaceflights, comprehensively detailing each step, including computer configuration, the role of ground control, trajectory planning, lunar orbiting, separation of the lander, walking and working on the Moon, retrieval of the lunar astronauts and returning to Earth in this massive technical accomplishment.

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The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration (Hardcover) by Philip J. Stooke (Author) (January 2008)

Bringing together a wealth of information from many sources, including some material never before published, this atlas is a comprehensive reference on lunar exploration. It tells the story of every spacecraft mission to the Moon since the dawn of the space age, illustrating each account with a unique combination of maps and annotated photographs. Many of the illustrations were created especially for this atlas, including panoramic photographs from every lunar mission. The missions are listed in chronological order, providing readers with an easy to follow history of lunar missions. Special attention has been given to describing the processes involved in choosing landing sites for Apollo and its precursors. The atlas also includes missions that were planned but never flown, before looking ahead to future missions as the world's space agencies prepare for a new phase of lunar exploration.

Lunar Exploration Scrapbook

The Lunar Exploration Scrapbook (Apogee Books Space Series) (Paperback) by Robert Godwin (December 2007)

Godwin combines modern computer graphics with old blueprints to create a full color history of the golden era of lunar exploration. Included in this remarkable book are over 80 different Lunar landers, over 80 lunar rovers and mobile laboratories (MOLAB), more than 50 lunar flying vehicles as well as sections on the Saturn and Nova rockets, lunar space suits, Command & Service module variants, LM laboratories and orbiters, training vehicles, lunar walkers and lunar shelters.

Altogether over 750 color pictures of designs for lunar exploration vehicles, all from NASA, Boeing, Lockheed, Grumman, USAF, US Army, GE, Chrysler, North American Rockwell, Bell Aerospace, Martin, Bendix and more.

The First Men on the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11  by David M. Harland (October 2006)

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.

Apollo: The Definitive Source book

Apollo: The Definitive Sourcebook by Richard W. Orloff, David M. Harland (April 2006)

This book provides an overview of the origins of the Apollo program and descriptions of the ground facilities, launch vehicles and spacecraft that will serve as an invaluable single-volume sourcebook for space enthusiasts, space historians, journalists, and programme-makers on radio and TV. It supplements other books that have focused on the politics and management of the Apollo program, the astronauts, and their training and exploits. (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) (Paperback)

Return to the Moon: Exploration, Enterprise, and Energy in the Human Settlement of Space
by Harrison H. Schmitt  (November 2005)

The US announced in 2004 that they would return to the moon. In this book Lunar experts Alan Binder, Andy Chaikin, Yoji Kondo, Courtney Stadd, Frank White and many others make the case for our return, point out different ways to do it and explain just what to do when we get there. The author, Harrison Schmitt was the 12th and last human to have stepped on the Moon.

First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen (October 2005)

Authorized biographer James Hansen draws on flight logs, family and Nasa archives and over 125 original interviews with key participants. This book vividly recreates Armstrong's life and career in flying, from the heights of honour earned as a naval aviator, test pilot and astronaut, to the dear personal price paid by Armstrong and, even more so, by his wife and children, for his dedication to his vocation. It is a unique portrait of a great but reluctant hero.

Moonrush: Improving Life On Earth With The Moon's Resources (Apogee Books Space Series) by Dennis Wingo (July 2004)

This book examines how the exploration of space, specifically a commercial base on the Moon and Mars would transform our economies on the Earth as surely as the discovery of the New World transformed the old world of Europe.  From Platinum Group Metals for fuel cells, manufacturing high tech metals and robots to the building of a fusion reactor, the Moon holds great promise for a high tech manufacturing future.

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Lunar Exploration: Human Pioneers and Robotic Surveyors  by Paolo Ulivi, David M Harland (July 2004)

Paolo Ulivi provides a well-paced, rapidly moving, balanced, even-handed account of lunar exploration as a popular history. He covers the unmanned programmes, e.g. Ranger, and other American probes in the late '50s and in the later chapters he looks at recent lunar exploration and future plans for the same. It's a book that will be perfect for an enthusiast or someone coming to the story for the first time, as it does not include excessive technical depth. Uniquely drawing on recently declassified documents, detail of Chinese lunar exploration projects is provided, as well as nuclear lunar weapons of the '50s developed by the super powers, Soviet Russia and the United States.

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Last Man on the Moon

The Last Man on the Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America's Race in Space by Eugene Cernan (Author), Donald A. Davis (Author)

Memoir of Gene Cernan years at NASA. Gene Cernan covers his entire astronaut career, from his first flight on Gemini 9 to Apollos 10 and 17. This is not just another Apollo memoir, but an eloquently heartfelt homage to the golden days of space exploration, with frank insights, from the man who has spent the most time orbiting or studying the moon from its surface.

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Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth

Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth by Andrew Smith (August 2005)

In 1999, Andrew Smith was interviewing Charlie Duke, astronaut and moon walker, for the Sunday Times UK. During the interview the telephone rang and Charlie left the room to answer it. When he returned, some twenty minutes later, he seemed visibly upset. It seemed that he'd just heard that, the previous day, one of his fellow moon walkers, the astronaut Pete Conrad, had died. In Moondust Andrew sets out to interview all the remaining astronauts who walked on the moon, and to find out how their lives were changed for ever by what had happened. 

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The Moon Seems to Change (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Franklyn M. Branley (For Ages 4-8)

Apollo 11: First Men on the Moon
by Robert Godwin (September 2005)

Apollo Moon Missions: The Unsung Heroes (Hardcover)
by Billy Watkins (December 30, 2005)

Destination Moon (Hardcover) by Rod Pyle (November 2005)

Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Near Side of the Moon by Charles J. Byrne (May 2005)

Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin, Wendell Minor (Illustrator) (Reading level: Ages 9-12) (May 2005)

Stages to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch Vehicles by Roger E. Bilstein

The Moon and How to Observe It (Astronomers' Observing Guides) (Paperback) by Peter Grego (September 2005)

Virtual LM : A Pictorial Essay of the Engineering and Construction of the Apollo Lunar Module by Scott P Sullivan,,,

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