Countdown to a Moon Launch

Countdown to a Moon Launch

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Thousands of workers labored at Kennedy Space Center around the clock, seven days a week, for half a year to prepare a mission for the liftoff of Apollo 11. This is the story of what went on during those hectic six months. Countdown to a Moon Launch provides an in-depth look at the carefully choreographed workflow for an Apollo mission at KSC. Using the Apollo 11 mission as an example, readers will learn what went on day by day to transform partially completed stages and crates of parts into a ready-to-fly Saturn V. Firsthand accounts of launch pad accidents, near misses, suspected sabotage, and last-minute changes to hardware are told by more than 70 NASA employees and its contractors. A companion to Rocket Ranch, it includes many diagrams and photographs, some never before published, to illustrate all aspects of the process. NASAa€™s groundbreaking use of computers for testing and advanced management techniques are also covered in detail. This book will demystify the question of how NASA could build and launch Apollo missions using 1960s technology. Youa€™ll discover that there was no magic involved a€“ just an abundance of discipline, willpower, and creativity.Depressurizing the CM allowed materials to vent and outgas in a vacuum without exposing the crew to potentially ... pressurized at slightly higher than sea level pressure to prevent stray nitrogen from seeping into their air supply (Figs. 4.34 and 4.35). During the altitude test, the astronauts checked the operations of manual controls and equipment, fuel cells, the ECS ... 4.34 Apollo 11 CDR Neil Armstrong prepares to enter the 108 The MSOB and the CSM Processing Flow Week ofanbsp;...

Title:Countdown to a Moon Launch
Author:Jonathan H. Ward
Publisher:Springer - 2015-07-07


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