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To a rocky moon : a geologist's history of lunar exploration

Author: Don E Wilhelms
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When human exploration of the lunar surface began in 1969, it marked not only an unprecedented technological achievement but also the culmination of scientific efforts to understand lunar geology. Memoirs of the Apollo astronauts have preserved the exploratory aspects of these missions; now a geologist who was an active participant in the lunar program offers a detailed historical view of those events - including
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wilhelms, Don E.
To a rocky moon.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)624432601
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Don E Wilhelms
ISBN: 0816510652 9780816510658
OCLC Number: 26720457
Description: xx, 477 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. A Quiet Prelude 1892-1957 --
2. The Quickening Pace 1957-1961 --
3. The Earthbound View 1961-1963 --
4. Preparing to Explore 1963-1965 --
5. The Ranger Transition 1964-1965 --
6. Back at the Main Event 1965 --
7. The Glory Days 1966 --
8. Surveyor and the Regolith 1966-1968 --
9. The View from Lunar Orbiter 1966-1967 --
10. Apollo Lifts Off 1967-1969 --
11. Tranquillity Base 1969 --
12. A Western Mare? 1969 --
13. The Best-Laid Plans 1970 --
14. Promising Fra Mauro 1971 --
15. Golden Apennine-Hadley 1971 --
16. Mysterious Descartes 1972 --
17. Beautiful Taurus-Littrow 1972 --
18. Debriefing 1973-1984 --
Appendix 1. Lunar Spaceflights --
Appendix 2. Scientific Experiments Carried by Apollo Missions --
Appendix 3. Progress Toward Scientific Objectives at Time of Apollo 17 Site Selection --
Appendix 4. Geologic Periods and Notable Events in Lunar History.
Responsibility: Don E. Wilhelms.

Abstract:

When human exploration of the lunar surface began in 1969, it marked not only an unprecedented technological achievement but also the culmination of scientific efforts to understand lunar geology. Memoirs of the Apollo astronauts have preserved the exploratory aspects of these missions; now a geologist who was an active participant in the lunar program offers a detailed historical view of those events - including the pre-Apollo era - from a heretofore untold scientific perspective.

It was the responsibility of the scientific team of which Don Wilhelms was a member to assemble an overall picture of the Moon's structure and history in order to recommend where on the lunar surface fieldwork should be conducted and samples collected. His book relates the site-selection process in detail, and draws in concomitant events concerning mission operations to show how they affected the course of the scientific program. While discussing all six landings in detail, it tells the behind-the-scenes story of telescopic and spacecraft investigations before, during, and after the manned landings. Intended for anyone interested in the space program, the history of science, or the application of geology to planetology, To a Rocky Moon will leave all readers with a better idea of what the Moon is really like. In so expertly summarizing this earlier phase of exploration, it stands as an authoritative touchstone for those involved in the next.

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