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Fred Gay STS.471 Engineering Apollo Book Review Apollo: The Epic Journey to the Moon David West Reynolds David West Reynolds’ Apollo: The Epic Journey to the Moon presents a roughly chronological accounting of man’s journey to the moon, focused chiefly on the efforts of the American space program of the 1950’s and -60’s. Reynolds covers a fairly wide range of historical events and accomplishments which led up to the moon landings; everything from the first detailed observations of the moon’s surface by Galileo in 1609 and the publishing of Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon in 1865, to the layout of Wernher von Braun’s fantastic, yet extremely detailed vision for the future of space exploration in Collier’s magazine from 1952 to 1954 and the Soviet Union putting the first man-made object into orbit with Sputnik in 1957. The brunt of the text however, discusses the events of, and the achievements made during the Apollo program, from its inception as the ultimate near-term objective of the U.S. Manned Space Program in late spring of 1961 (with President Kennedy’s address to Congress), to the conclusion of the canonical “Apollo Program” following the successful completion of Apollo 17 in December of 1972. Both human and technological achievements are discussed (ranging from the Apollo 13 crew’s struggle to survive in the harsh conditions inside their capsule to Rocketdyne’s key development of the efficient, liquid hydrogen-burning J-2), though the technical milestones of the program are the chief subject matter. This focus on the artifacts of the program, and how they relate to the astronauts, isn’t surprising, given Reynolds’ training as a
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