© 2009

Paving the Way for Apollo 11


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. David M. Harland
    Pages 1-17
  3. David M. Harland
    Pages 19-31
  4. David M. Harland
    Pages 33-54
  5. David M. Harland
    Pages 55-69
  6. David M. Harland
    Pages 71-88
  7. David M. Harland
    Pages 89-110
  8. David M. Harland
    Pages 111-135
  9. David M. Harland
    Pages 137-142
  10. David M. Harland
    Pages 143-163
  11. David M. Harland
    Pages 165-202
  12. David M. Harland
    Pages 203-285
  13. David M. Harland
    Pages 287-316
  14. David M. Harland
    Pages 317-324
  15. David M. Harland
    Pages 325-395
  16. David M. Harland
    Pages 397-419
  17. David M. Harland
    Pages 421-461
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 463-472

About this book


In 'Paving the Way for Apollo 11' David Harland explains the lure of the Moon to classical philosophers, astronomers, and geologists, and how NASA set out to investigate the Moon in preparation for a manned lunar landing mission. It focuses particularly on the Lunar Orbiter and Surveyor missions.


Early Harland development illustration mercury moon space exploration

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Kelvinbridge GlasgowUK

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“Space historian/writer Harland … describes the first and early US satellite programs as well as the Soviet programs. … In addition to discussing program management, operations, hardware, and performance of the pre-Apollo missions, Harland places heavy emphasis on lunar geology and geography. … the volume includes more than 150 photographs and drawings of the moon. This historical account … will be useful to people working in the field of space history and technology. Summing Up: Recommended. Researchers, faculty, and professionals.” (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 47 (4), December, 2009)

“This new book … describing what we knew before making the attempt, and how we discovered new things we needed to know before committing Apollo to the first manned lunar landings. … if you are an engineer, scientist, or a space buff, this book will hold your interest.” (James M. Busby, Space Times, Vol. 49 (1), January/February, 2010)

“The narrative is fast-moving, informative and logically organized … . if you want to know, literally to the thousandth of a second, exactly what the Ranger, Lunar Orbiter and Surveyor spacecraft did during their lunar missions, it’s in there. Well over 200 well-chosen photos, drawings, diagrams and maps, many of them at full-page size, embellish and clarify the text--they’re worth more than ‘1,000 words’ each. … should reach a wider audience … . I recommend this volume most highly and without reservation.” (Terry Sunday, Amazon, July, 2011)