|Apollo 10 : the NASA mission reports
|Robert Godwin, Editor
|Burlington, Ont. : Apogee books, 2000
|The NASA mission reports
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|Apollo 10 program ; Project Apollo (U.S.)
On May 18th 1969 NASA launched the last in a series of daring test flights of the Apollo hardware. Apollo 10 would follow swiftly on the heels of the successful flight of Apollo 9. The goal was to send a second crew into space but this time with the fully equipped hardware that would be required for a lunar landing. Veteran astronauts Commander Tom Stafford and Lunar Module Pilot Gene Cernan were to fly tantalisingly close to the barren lunar surface -a mere eight nautical miles, while Command Module Pilot John Young would be required to conduct the first rendezvous in lunar orbit to ensure the safe return of his crew mates.
"Apollo 10 the NASA mission reports" finally puts in one place five of the most important documents from this auspicious flight, the Apollo 10 press kit, the Apollo 10 pre-launch mission operation report, the Apollo 10 post launch mission operation report, the Apollo 10 post launch mission operation report supplement and the technical debriefing.
For the interest of collectors, students or historians alike "Apollo 10 the NASA mission reports" follows the final test flight of Apollo through a series of astonishing technological accomplishments including the accurate measurement of distorsions in the moon's gravitational field which would finally pave the way for man's first landing on another world.