• How Apollo Flew to the Moon

  • Springer Praxis Books
  • By: W. David Woods
  • Narrated by: Todd Belcher
  • Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Stung by the pioneering space successes of the Soviet Union - in particular, Gagarin being the first man in space - the United States gathered the best of its engineers and set itself the goal of reaching the moon within a decade. In an expanded second edition of How Apollo Flew to the Moon, David Woods tells the exciting story of how the resulting Apollo flights were conducted by following a virtual flight to the moon and its exploration of the surface. From launch to splashdown, he hitches a ride in the incredible spaceships that took men to another world, exploring each step of the journey and detailing the enormous range of disciplines, techniques, and procedures the Apollo crews had to master. While describing the tremendous technological accomplishment involved, he adds the human dimension by calling on the testimony of the people who were there at the time. He provides a wealth of fascinating and accessible material: the role of the powerful Saturn V, the reasoning behind trajectories, the day-to-day concerns of human and spacecraft health between two worlds, the exploration of the lunar surface, and the sheer daring involved in traveling to the moon during the mid-20th century. 

Given the tremendous success of the original edition of How Apollo Flew to the Moon, the second edition will have a new chapter on surface activities, inspired by user comments on Amazon. There will also be additional detail in the existing chapters to incorporate all the feedback from the original edition.

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Easy read

I’ve tried to read stories about Apollo and I’d get lost in all the technical terms (as I didn’t read everyday), but this book explains the terms several times. So if you casually listen, you’ll still know what is going on. Great read.

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Event by event rather than mission by mission

This was a very unique way to cover the Apollo program and I found it to be a very effective way to compare the different points in the missions. This worked very well in getting me to compare the difficulties, goals and outcomes of each mission over the previous one. Well done and we'll worth the listen!!

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Brilliant!

A little slow to get into the technical detail, then it satisfied the engineering geek in me.

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Excellent Insight

An excellent overview of the 'how' if the Apollo space program. The author conveys the mundane and the technical in an easy-to-follow presentation.

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A Must Read For Space Fans

This book was full of useful information without getting too technical. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Exactly what I wanted

So many space-age era books gloss over the fine details. Or they waste a paragraph pandering to a non-technical audience. Not this book.

The level of detail is outstanding. And I enjoyed every second of it.

If you’re an engineer and space nerd like me, you’ll love this book.

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  • ShropshireSteph
  • 01-19-21

Now you know

Ever wondered how they actually managed to land people on the moon way back in 1969? this explains it, step by step, for people like me with limited physics and engineering knowledge (Olevel). Slightly marred by the American narrator for a book written by a British author with a Scottish accent. otherwise another wonderful example of how audiobooks can make non-fiction texts accessible, opening up a world (and beyond) of knowledge to those like me who wouldn't read the book.

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  • GordonSalter
  • 06-16-22

Perfect

Absolute gem. Thanks so much all the time and effort you must have poured into writing the book. The narrator is perfect.

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  • Sam Fearnley-Jones
  • 05-06-22

FAB!

A brilliant text book that dumbs down big ideas for the small minded. An excellent narrator who rides a brilliant narrative!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-31-22

Excellent coverage of a fascinating topic

Sooo much more substantial in terms of information about what actually was done in the Apollo programme, and how it was accomplished. Too few books take us into the details behind the headlines. My fellow countryman Mr W. David Woods does this in abundance, whilst never rambling and always staying sharply on
Point within his beautifully structured work.
A brief nod to narration quality too: conveyed the information in engaging manner whilst always ensuring the story itself remained centre stage, not the narrator.

Thank you everyone involved, your efforts yielded a classic of its type.

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  • Brian Russell
  • 10-05-21

Interesting and very technical at times

Told me a lot I didn’t know but does tend to get a bit too technical at times, very interesting but maybe not to everyone’s taste

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  • P. James
  • 08-05-21

A fantastic book

This one is by far the best book on the topic of flying to the moon. It’s not just a story, it’s a manual and a how to. It has silenced a few critics who disputed the events of the era. When one flys a controlled explosion on a Saturn, and then rides a fire ball back, the journey to the moon is a little safer but a challenge In itself.
Worth the read / listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-21

The nitty-gritty details of Apollo program

Giving the details of the Apollo missions and how-to for those who wants to know everything. Very interesting!

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