A special new edition of the Apollo 13 Manual, published to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the Moon mission launched in April 1970, which very nearly turned into a catastrophe.
New content includes an expanded look at what was learned from the analysis of the problems that precipitated the crisis, and how these lessons affected the future space programme, and also a look at the worldwide reaction to the crisis, as the the international community held its breath.
This Haynes Manual tells the story of the complex technical challenges involved in returning the crippled spacecraft safely to Earth, explained in detail by an expert author who was there through it all in Mission Control during the six-day flight. It is also the story of three very special heroes, the crew members of Apollo 13: Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise. The engaging text provides fascinating technical insight, using material from the NASA archives and the author's own personal collection, which follows the timeline of the flight to explain the unfolding drama and the analysis and work carried out both in the spacecraft and on Earth to find a way to return the astronauts safely home.
Author: Dr David Baker who worked with NASA between 1965 and 1990, was in Mission Control during Apollo 13's flight and helped carry out verification checks on some of the consumables calculations vital for returning the crew safely to Earth. He has written more than 100 books on space flight, aviation and military technology. In October 2017 he received the American Astronautical Society's Frederick I. Ordway III award "for a sustained excellence in space coverage, through books, articles, as well as engagement in the early US space program". David is currently the Editor of Spaceflight, the monthly space news magazine of the British Interplanetary Society, of which he is a Fellow.