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How Apollo Flew to the Moon

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  321 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Between 1968 and 1972, twenty four daring men journeyed from Earth to the Moon. This fascinating book traces what was a massive accomplishment right from the early launches through manned orbital spaceflights, detailing each step. Out of the battlefields of World War II came the gifted German engineers and designers who developed the V-2 rocket, which evolved into the powe ...more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Springer (first published October 31st 2007)
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Gary Schroeder
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You're likely reading this review because you're interested in the Apollo program...really interested. More interested than the average interested person. You've read the popular accounts. You know who the LMP was on Apollo 14. You know what a SLA panel is. Your friends are tired of hearing about your little tid bits of Apollo knowledge. You wish they shared your enthusiasm. More importantly, you wish there was more to read, more to know. I have good news for you: there is. Much more. David Wood ...more
Roberto Selbach
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in the Apollo program from an engineering standpoint, this book is for you. It is essentially a description of systems and operations for each step of the Apollo/Saturn stack.

Prior to reading this book I had read about the Saturn V in general, I knew about its propulsion system, the guidance, the gimbals, the fuel mix. But after reading this book, I was amazed by how much I did not know about it. The book goes through every detail of what happened to each stage, including t
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Typical sentence in this book: 'Of course, Earth does have an atmosphere and any spacecraft on a trajectory with a 40-kilometer perigee is bound to plough into its gases where the immense kinetic energy will be dissipated as heat' (p. 467). This book inspires me to learn more about space/rocketry. The Apollo missions were absolutely amazing considering the technology they utilized. This book celebrates the engineers, mathematicians, and physicists who built the system just as much as it focuses ...more
Terry Carroll
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding book describing and explaining the technology of the Apollo space program. I've read dozens and dozens of books on the Apollo-era manned space program (including Mercury and Gemini), and when I started reading this, I didn't really expect to learn much I hadn't already encountered. I was very wrong about that.

Mr. Woods provides an exacting level of detail, sure to make sure you learn something you didn't know. A representative example is his discussion of why Apollo 8 leap
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring and incredibly interesting.
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a spectacular book if you really want to know the details of the Apollo program. If you are not interested you may find it a little dry. My only criticism is that the book is so good I wish it was in hardcover, in a bigger format that would allow for some larger photographs and diagrams. The book would get a solid five stars in this case. As it is, this seems to be the definitive book on the technical and logistics aspects of this important and historic event.
One final note, I got the 20
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Engineers
The definitive book on the moon program. Even better than the original- more and larger pictures and slightly expanded text in most chapters. In the end, over 120 pages of additional pictures and text. Two greatly expanded chapter, "Down in the Dust", and "Exploration at its Greatest" replace the chapter "Orbital Sojourn" in the original. Eliminates the center color section and puts color pictures throughout the text.
Only negative in that like the original it is a Softcover and like the origina
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you are a space buff this is the book for you. Like an episode of "How it's Made," this book confines itself to providing a technical, but not overly complicated explanation of how Apollo got to the moon and back. Distilling the thousands of moving parts that comprised the Apollo program into a very well written one volume description, the author takes such concepts as gravity, orbital dynamics, weightlessness, and computer theory, and explains them as they applied to Apollo in a way even the ...more
Mike Moody
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a treasure trove of technical details on the Apollo moon flights. It starts with a brief history of the Apollo program and then gives a detailed mission profile amalgamated from all of the flights. From orbital insertion burns, to EVA, to reentry, the book covers everything in enough detail to satisfy the most demanding Apollo nerd. The author also highlight differences between the missions as the technology evolved and gives plenty of quotes from the astronauts to illustrate how ex ...more
Micah Siegmund
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating and very thorough account of the Apollo missions to the moon, covering everything from the building of the various rockets/modules, preparation, launch, orbit, landing, scientific activity on the lunar surface, re-acquisition of the lunar module, return to earth, re-entry into the atmosphere, retrieval in the ocean and dozens of other minor tasks and procedures. Most of the book was over my head quite frankly but it was still amazing to try to absorb how many brave and intelligent pe ...more
Rick Parker
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For space geeks who like to know all the technical details of precisely how the Apollo program managed to land 2 men on the moon and return them to the earth using a single booster, this is the one! I've read it twice and I could (and will) read it again and pick up new information each time.
Antonio Santoyo
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book. An extraordinary source of information for anyone interested in the technical generalities of NASA's greatest achievement. Easy to read and very insightful, it's a must read for the space aficionado and the public in general.
Luiz Fellipe Carneiro
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very good description in details of the Apollo program. The author tells step by step how a mission works, from the preparations to launch to the splashdown. The book also features nice photographs and astronauts quotes, that helps the reader to feel the ambience of moon missions.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding book on the technical aspects on the Apollo missions to the moon, but it's written so clearly that a layperson can grasp it. This is one of the best books on the Apollo program - a must-read for anyone interested in those missions.
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Do not judge this book by its unfortunate cover! By far the best narrative about the engineering side of the Space Race, and Woods' passion for the subject is evident on every page.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was by far one of the coolest books I have ever read!
Steve Walker
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aero-astro
One of the best technical "how-did-they?" Books on the Apollo Program.
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rich in technical detail yet quite readable, "How Apollo Flew to the Moon" is an essential part of any space nerd's library.
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone seriously interested in the history of Apollo.
Philipda Luangprasert
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: physics
- Very good introduction, but the difficult narrative content inside.
- Too much technical to read while sleepy.
- Too less technical to follow in science and engineering.
- Having prior knowledge from somewhere such as Wikipedia is preferable.
David Coates
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best book about the Apollo spacecraft and missions I have ever read. There's no 'dumbing down' or lack of detail, a truly fascinating read.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great book.
Explains so many parts of the Apollo missions that aren't explained elsewhere.
Provides so much great information in a clear, readable way
Erik Karlsson
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this. A bit more tech so I would have given 5 stars. Or perhaps I'm too hard. Really good book. I can recommend it to anyone interested in the moon missions.
Rajendra Dave
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Four decades have not dampened the romance of Man's mission to the Moon. This book is a proof.

The story is a fascinating one. And it is told in fascinating manner. The author has cleverly interwoven a wealth of technical information with interestingly written historical events and anecdotes that keep both a layman and a reader who is more familiar with space technology, rivetted. While lavishly praising NASA's glorious achievements, the book does to shy away from recording the failures or even
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
A detailed explanation of the process that Apollo took to get to the Moon and back. Although it may slog a bit in not-so-interesting technical language, this book has made me appreciate the immense human achievement that is Apollo. Everyone (ignorant moon-hoax conspiracy theorists aside) understands that getting to the Moon was no easy feat. But this book makes it clear that the Moon landings weren't magic, but the distilled hard work and dedication of thousands of extremely talented people.
Baal Of
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent and thorough book about what it took to get to the moon, written partially in response to the increasing number of people who believe the moon landings were faked. Because of the large amount of technical detail and jargon, this book is not going to appeal to anyone who isn't really interested in such stuff, but if you you are, then it's a great read.
Andrew O'Connor
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Exhaustive without being exhausting. Focus on the missions and their technical parameters is warranted, but I can't help but feel that the larger web of contractors and "behind-the-scenes" workers deserves to be more fleshed out.
Steve Herschkowitz
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the best in-debth books about the science behind the moon missions. Very accessible to non-science types.
Algirdas Raščius
Very interesting book on technical side of Apollo missions.
Nov 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In-depth about how we got to the moon, how everything worked, etc. A bit technical at times, but made it interesting.
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