(all information correct at time of original publication)
To A Rocky Moon – A Geologist’s History of Lunar Exploration, by Don E Wilhelms, 1993, Univ Arizona Press
Best and most detailed account of lunar geological discovery.
Full Moon, by Michael Light
Superb quality digital scans from NASA negatives of photos from lunar flights. Available in large format and cheaper small edition.
Exploring the Moon – The Apollo Expeditions, by David Harland, Springer Praxis
Scottish author, excellent on surface activities, geology – revised edition Jan 2008
A Man on the Moon, by Andrew Chaikin, 1995, Penguin ppbk
Definitive history of the moon landings through astronauts’ eyes, £9 Amazon.
Moon, Mars and Meteorites, by British Museum
Excellent popular starter on lunar geology, each landing site described – available second hand from Amazon.co.uk for minimal cost.
International Atlas of Lunar Exploration, by Philip Stooke, 2007, Cambridge University Press.
The definitive atlas of where craft landed and what they studied, £80 Amazon.
Philip’s Moon Observer’s Guide, by Peter Grego, publ. Philip’s, £10
How Apollo Flew to the Moon, by W. David Woods, 2007, Springer Praxis
About how the spacecraft worked, navigation, landing etc – Scottish author.
Review from Amazon:
By Dr. Eric M. Jones (Wodonga, Victoria, Australia)
“This exquisite book fills a noticeable gap in historical coverage of the Apollo missions. A number of excellent books cover the political decision to go to the Moon, the technological challenge of designing and testing the hardware, and the time spend by the LM crews on the lunar surface. What are rarely covered are flight operations – the procedures and systems – that made it possible to get to the Moon, to live and work in lunar orbit and during the journeys between worlds, to land, and to return safely to Earth. Some of the existing astronaut biographies – most notably, Michael Collins’ unmatched “Carrying the Fire” – deal with aspects of flight operations but not across all the missions or in the depth that Woods achieves. Woods takes us expertly through a composite mission, while avoiding the mistake of losing his readers – well, this one, anyway – in a tangle of detail. Essential aspects of the flights are presented clearly and at appropriate moments. I particularly liked the idea of using the portion of the book covering the long coast out to the Moon to delve into such topics as life support, hygiene (how you shave and go to the bathroom in space), food, communications, etc. Woods’ discussions of such critical operations as lunar orbit insertion, landing, returning to lunar orbit, and re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere are impressive. Perhaps more than any other book I’ve read on the subject of Apollo, “How Apollo Flew to the Moon” gives me a feeling for the magnitude of the Apollo achievement. Highly recommended.!”
The First Men on the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11, by David Harland, 2007, Springer Praxis.
The detailed, definitive account of the first landing, by a Scottish author.
Review from Amazon:
By Patrick Gleeson (Limerick Ireland)
“If you are new to the Apollo programme, and want a concise chronological account of the Apollo 11 mission, here’s the perfect book.
The story is all here: Astronaut biographies, preparations, launch, lunar traverse, orbit, landing, ascent, and recovery. The beauty of this book is the narrative is a mixture of the authors research, NASA transcripts, and historical archives.
There is liberal use of b&w and colour photographs, and diagrams from NASA flight plans.
All this added together gives the reader the mission from the more important viewpoints, and you can imagine yourself right in the middle of all the unfolding drama.