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Despite every attempt at typographical and factual accuracy, some gremlins are bound to make it onto the published book. If you have noticed an error, omission or wish to comment on the information you have read in New and Expanded Edition of How Apollo Flew to the Moon, you are welcome to send them via email to hafttm@ntlworld.com. All feedback is appreciated.

Comments on the first edition

"This is, quite simply, one of the five best books ever written about the Apollo programme … . Most books on Apollo have dealt with the ‘what’ and ‘when’ of the subject; this is the first to go deeply into the ‘how’ of the missions. … There’s so much to absorb in this book … . A superb book in all respects!" (Liftoff, Issue 244, March-April, 2008)

"W David Woods has dedicated his research to the technology that took them there. How Apollo Flew To The Moon … examines the background to the programme and gives an in-depth brief on how the systems and procedures safely transported humans on the 380,000km (240,000 mile) journey between the Earth and Moon, from blast-off to splashdown. Fully illustrated and with comprehensive index, this is a worthy addition to any … astronaut’s library." (Flight International, September, 2009)

"David has written a book in his spare time, compiled from his extensive research into the manned space missions. The book he’s produced is a composite mission that follows a virtual flight to the moon from launch to splashdown. … He’s managed to write a scientific book about the moon that is science-packed, but actually very easy to read." (Sunday Herald, Glasgow, February 2008)

"I must personally say that I have found, what I consider, the quintessential book on flying Apollo." (Larry McGlynn, www.apollotribute.blogspot.com, March, 2008)

"An impressive book … This one is particularly good at explaining technical issues like orbital mechanics in understandable language. Includes excellent photographs (several in color) and diagrams, a 5-page glossary, a 3-page suggestion for further reading, and a good 20-page index. Summing Up: Highly recommended." (W. E. Howard, Choice, Vol. 45 (10), June, 2008)

"A wealth of knowledge regarding the early days of manned space exploration. … Woods’ book really satisfied my curiosity about systems and people." (James M. Busby, Space Times, Vol. 47 (3), 2008)

"The author of this book has risen to the challenge of explaining how man got to the Moon and has done a creditable job." (Mark Williamson, Satellite Evolution Group, 2009)

"If you are the kind of person that watches launches and wishes that you could listen to the ground and air to ground communications loops, instead of the reporters and the PAO … this is probably the kind of book you would like. ... I am loving it, so I would … recommend it." (John, Newsgroups: Sci.Space.History, June, 2008)

"If there is one book you need to read on the subject, this is the one to get!" (Jim Cottle, Bulletin of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, Vol. 56 (10), October, 2008)

"How Apollo Flew to the Moon by W. David Woods is just a masterpiece of a read. It flows through the missions on a step by step basis, with really good explanations of space travel and gravity, etc. … I didn’t find the book complicated … . It was exactly what I wanted for a deeper understanding of the Apollo missions." (Jafo, Amazon, February, 2010)


"This book is brilliant … the clarity with which the narrative is written is commendable - I loved reading it." (B. Yla, Amazon, August, 2009)

"A fantastic book that is pitched at the level of the layman with some technical knowledge. This book contains all of the answers to all of the questions you would have on the subject of the Apollo project from a technical standpoint. Once you pick it up, you will struggle to put it down. Do not lend this book to anyone because you wont get it back!" (C. R. Mackay, Amazon, December, 2008)

"It is one of the best technical books on Apollo I have ever read … . All in all, a very good book, beautifully presented, laced with anecdotes and engineering details but never too heavy. … Recommended." (A. D. Crysell, Amazon, April, 2008)

"This book is a dream read for me. … How Apollo flew to the Moon has technical information by the bucket load without bogging you down in numbers and equations. A brilliant book … ." (E. M. Robson, Amazon, March, 2010)

"This book covers just about everything I ever wanted to know about the technical side of Apollo. Nicely written and extremely interesting. … If you love this subject go buy it." (S. Eldridge, Amazon, March, 2010)

"For even those mildly interested in space travel (and the engineering behind it) this is a fantastic book. … this simply explains in an easy-to-understand way how they flew to the moon, from conception to splashdown. A thoroughly enjoyable read." (Amazon, January, 2010)

"As a professional engineer I have often wondered how various aspects of spaceflight are managed, and when reading this book I repeatedly found myself thinking ‘so that’s how they did it’." (Christopher Bell, Amazon, January, 2010)

"A must have book for anybody interested in the NASA moon missions and pretty good value too." (B. David, Amazon, October, 2009)

"David gives the book a logical flow from start to finish, citing facts from each mission as appropriate to illustrate the issues. … Until reading this book I had never realised just how superb the design of the Saturn/Apollo machine was. … I would recommend this book for anyone already interested in the Apollo missions … . It’s a gem." (Jonathan Glenister, Amazon, November, 2008)

"This book explains … all, and somehow manages to do it in a way that is engaging and fairly easy to follow. I found it endlessly fascinating. Really excellent stuff that really fills a major gap … . So warmly recommended." (Pete, Amazon, November, 2008)

"Without getting bogged down in equations, this book explains how the space craft of the Apollo era worked and were flown. … Each section contains examples from the real missions to show how a staggering series of procedures allowed the first humans to walk on the moon. Well worth reading!” (M. J. Bowyer, Amazon, May, 2008)


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