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NASA Moon Missions: 1969-1972 (Apollo 12, 14, 15, 16 And 17) Operations Manual by David Baker (book review).

June 20, 2019 | By | Reply More
NASA Moon Missions: 1969-1972 (Apollo 12, 14, 15, 16 And 17) Operations Manual by David Baker (book review).

When I read Haynes’ Apollo 11 and 13 books earlier in the year, I did wonder why the other Apollo Moon flights hadn’t been covered. The arrival of David Baker’s book, ‘NASA Moon Missions: 1969-1972 (Apollo 12, 14, 15, 16 And 17) Operations Manual’ is the remedy to that problem. Of course, it’s going to […]

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NASA 1958 Onwards: Operation Manual by David Baker (book review).

October 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
NASA 1958 Onwards: Operation Manual by David Baker (book review).

Contrary to the title, ‘NASA 1958 Onwards: Operation Manual’, the USA’s interest in space flight goes back as far as 1915 when they formed a more informal National Advisory Committee For Aeronautics (NACA). It was also the US Navy who took this flying thing that the Wright brothers were doing more seriously. The nature of […]

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NASA Skylab: 1969 To 1979 (All Modules) by David Baker (book review).

February 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
NASA Skylab: 1969 To 1979 (All Modules) by David Baker (book review).

In many ways, looking back, the NASA Skylab was a makeshift idea on a budget. Take a section of the Apollo rocket and turn it into an orbiting workshop. Originally, this was to be a spent rocket in orbit and hence the term, ‘wet’ workshop. This was then changed to launching an unused section and […]

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Nuclear Weapons Operations Manual by David Baker (book review).

January 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Nuclear Weapons Operations Manual by David Baker (book review).

Author David Baker points out in his introduction to his book, ‘Nuclear Weapons Operations Manual’, that it does not make moral or political issues related to nuclear weapons. In fact, all countries who have them get some coverage in this book so there is no bias other than when information is not available. The opening […]

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NASA Mercury: 1956 to 1963 by David Baker (book review).

May 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
NASA Mercury: 1956 to 1963 by David Baker (book review).

In many respects, I have always wondered why Haynes left a look at NASA’s Mercury Program until last of their space books. At least, I’m assuming it’s the last. Without these early space flights, none of the rest would have been possible. Back in the late 1950s and start of the 1960s, there were all […]

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Rocket: 1942 Onwards: Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review).

June 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Rocket: 1942 Onwards: Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review).

If you want to get a spaceship into orbit, then you need a rocket to propel it there. Ever since the Chinese developed gunpowder and the first rockets, the real problem has always been to get the most thrust from the least weight or mass that is carried and why the payload is often a […]

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Soyuz Owners’ Workshop Manual: 1967 Onwards (All Models) by David Baker (book review).

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Soyuz Owners’ Workshop Manual: 1967 Onwards (All Models) by David Baker (book review).

If you thought that the ‘Soyuz Owners’ Workshop Manual’ was solely, as astronaut Helen Sharman calls ‘a workhorse’, about the Soyuz, you’d be mistaken. What you have here is the history of the Russian space programme and some comparisons with the American space programme which puts things into historical perspective. As such, it would hardly […]

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NASA Mars Rover 1997-2013 (Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity And Curiosity) Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review).

May 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
NASA Mars Rover 1997-2013 (Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity And Curiosity) Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review).

Oddly, considering how close, relatively speaking, Mars is to Earth, the proportion of speculation as to what was there to actually going to have a look has, until recent times, has been massively against. For the long titled ‘NASA Mars Rover 1997-2013 (Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity And Curiosity) Owners’ Workshop Manual’, author David Baker briefly examines […]

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International Space Station: 1998-2011 (All Stages) by David Baker (book review).

October 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
International Space Station: 1998-2011 (All Stages) by David Baker (book review).

You might have thought until now that I was only going to be reviewing Haynes fantasy output, but knowing what some of the books were coming up, I didn’t hesitate in adding the rather long titled ‘International Space Station: 1998-2011 (All Stages)’ to the list. As you can see from the cover, there’s a sub-title […]

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