Monday, May 4, 2009

5 New rocketry books

Here are 5 new books from Amazon;

Apollo 12: The NASA Mission Reports
This book book is one in a large series of books by Apogee that covers many NASA missions in great detail, usually with a CD rom included, at a great price. Most of these can be found on Amazon for a few dollars. Apollo 12 was the 2nd moon landing mission, spending just over a day on the Lunar surface.

Project Vanguard: The NASA History
This book discusses project Vanguard, one of the first programs to attempt (and probably the third to succeed) in placing a satellite into orbit.

How Apollo Flew to the Moon
Having been rather unhappy about recent Praxis books, despite all the hype, I nevertheless chose to buy two more from them because these books got such great reviews. Only time will tell if they are up to snuff, or just overpriced. This book is all about the practical details behind the Apollo Program, navigation for example. Pretty interesting stuff.

Praxis Manned Spaceflight Log 1961-2006
This book is a comprehensive log of all manned spaceflight (as the title suggests) from the first manned flights to 2006.

The First Space Race: Launching the World's First Satellites
The last of this set of books covers the background behind orbital flight theory, the historical context for early attempts, and all of the initial projects seeking to place objects in orbit. This includes Vanguard, the Russian attempt (obviously the first), the first American orbit: Explorer launched on a modified Redstone (Jupiter C), and a classified military project which will be discussed more in a later post.

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