Moon Lander

Moon Lander

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Chief engineer Thomas J. Kelly gives a firsthand account of designing, building, testing, and flying the Apollo lunar module. It was, he writes, a€œan aerospace engineera€™s dream job of the century.a€ Kellya€™s account begins with the imaginative process of sketching solutions to a host of technical challenges with an emphasis on safety, reliability, and maintainability. He catalogs numerous test failures, including propulsion-system leaks, ascent-engine instability, stress corrosion of the aluminum alloy parts, and battery problems, as well as their fixes under the ever-present constraints of budget and schedule. He also recaptures the exhilaration of hearing Apollo 11a€™s Neil Armstrong report that a€œThe Eagle has landed, a€ and the pride of having inadvertently provided a vital a€œlifeboata€ for the crew of the disabled Apollo 13. From the Hardcover edition.From the Hardcover edition.

Title:Moon Lander
Author:Thomas J. Kelly
Publisher:Smithsonian Institution - 2012-01-11


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