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Astronauts, Cosmonauts and Lunar Exploration

'Astronauts, Cosmonauts and Lunar Exploration' is a comprehensive guide to man's attempts to explore the moon. It describes the unmanned and unmmanned flights to the moon; the rockets, command modules, lunar modules moon rovers and all the other exciting equipment developed to ensure survival in the moon's hostile environment. The chapter charts the space race between Russia and America. It has biographies of the the astronauts who took part in Moon missions - who they were, how they were picked and how they were trained. It describes the Apollo missions, the flybys, detailed mission profiles of the 8 planned moon landings including the nearly disastrous Apollo 13. The chapter will be accompanied by diagrams and photographs of the men, their rockets and their equipment.
Astronauts who have set foot on the moon
Since 20th July 1969 12 men have set foot on the moon
Today only nine of the original Moonwalkers are alive. Charles Conrad was killed in a motor cycle accident. 1999, Alan Shepard died of natural causes in 1998 and James Irwin died of a heart attack in 1991.


The Apollo 13 Misssion
Apollo 13 Mission Emblem
'Houston, we've had a problem here'
James Lovell, John Swigert and Fred Haise, the crew of Apollo 13, did not know, 321,859 miles into their mission that their Command/Service Module (CSM) 'Odessey' had a problem and that the problem had been with them since before take off. A change in the electrical specification to the liquid oxygen tanks from 28 volts to 65 volts had damaged the No. 2 tank thermostat. This had led to undetected overheating which in turn had burnt off the teflon coating protecting the electrical cables in the tank. The accidents had turned the tank into a bomb. Any electrical activity in the damaged cable would detonate the liquid oxygen. Nobody knew this had happened, least of all the crew. Apollo 13 thundered on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral and achieved perfect lift-off.
Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle
Other elements will include technical drawings, charts and lists
Apollo 11 Mission Transcript

EAGLE: two hundred feet, four and a half down, five and a half down, one sixty, six and a half down, five and a half forwards, five percent, quantity eight. Seventy five feet down a half, six forwards.

CAPCOM: Sixty seconds. (to fuel burn out)

EAGLE: Lights on.

EAGLE: We've got some dust. Sixty feet, down two and a half, two forward that's good.

CAPCOM: Thirty seconds.

EAGLE: Contact Light. That's good. Shutdown. OK engine stop, ACA out of detent. Descent engine command override off. Engine arm, off. 413 is in.

CAPCOM: We copy you down Eagle.............

EAGLE: Houston Tranquillity base here. The Eagle has landed."

"I'm at the foot of the ladder. The LM footpads are only depressed in the surface about one or two inches, although the surface appears very fine grained, as you get close to it, it's almost like powder. I'm going to step off the LM now. That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind'.

Neil Armstrong, Tranquillity Base July 20th.

Time: 20.17.40. Hrs Coordinated Universal Time.
Landing Coordinates: 04'25.69"N 23 28'22.69'E
Geographical Position: Sea of Tranquillity, The Moon.
Book Contents
1. Astronauts, cosmonauts and lunar exploration

2. Astronomers and mapping

3. Facts and figures

4. Gardening and the weather

5. Gods and myths

6. Magic, the occult, astrology, alchemy, prophecy, fortune telling, spells and superstition

7. Medicine, madness, werewolves and science

8. Miscellany. Fascinating facts about the moon in our life and culture
Click below to order your copy of The Book of the Moon. The book was released on the 7th of May 2009 in the UK and on the 23rd of June in the US:
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