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Thirteen: The Apollo Flight That Failed (English Edition) von [Cooper, Henry S. F.]
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"Make no mistake about it. "Thirteen" tells a marvelous story. A lot of readers will take the book at a single gulp, unable to stop reading."-- "Washington Post"

"Cooper's Thirteen is exciting... Close to what may be an authentic poetry of our period." -- New York Times

"Make no mistake about it. Thirteen tells a marvelous story. A lot of readers will take the book at a single gulp, unable to stop reading." -- Washington Post

"Cooper's Thirteen is exciting... Close to what may be an authentic poetry of our period." -- New York Times

"Make no mistake about it. Thirteen tells a marvelous story. A lot of readers will take the book at a single gulp, unable to stop reading." -- Washington Post

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An “exciting” minute-by-minute account of the Apollo 13 flight based on mission control transcripts from Houston (The New York Times).
 
On the evening of April 13, 1970, the three astronauts aboard Apollo 13 were just hours from the third lunar landing in history. But as they soared through space, two hundred thousand miles from earth, an explosion badly damaged their spacecraft. With compromised engines and failing life-support systems, the crew was in incomparably grave danger. Faced with below-freezing temperatures, a seriously ill crew member, and a dwindling water supply, a safe return seemed unlikely.

Thirteen is the shocking, miraculous, and entirely true story of how the astronauts and ground crew guided Apollo 13 to a safe landing on earth. Expanding on dispatches written for the New Yorker, Henry S. F. Cooper Jr. brings readers unparalleled detail on the moment-by-moment developments of one of NASA’s most dramatic missions.
 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1641 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 210 Seiten
  • Verlag: Open Road Media (31. Dezember 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00H5KRG82
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A short anecdote:
After reading "A Man on the Moon" by the great A. Chaikin (space author, god-like genius) I developed a ravenous hunger for any reading material relating to the early space program (and Apollo in general). So when I saw this old book, "13: the flight that failed", in my school's library, I HAD to read it!
I was not disappointed. Mr. Cooper's book is THE story of Apollo 13.
I appreciate the fact that Jim Lovell's book "Lost Moon" was written as a first hand account but it seems a little mishandled (most likely Kluger's influence) and didn't live up to it's full potential. Furthermore, It is more of a biography of Jim Lovell. "13: the flight that failed" sums it all up nicely in a gripping yet thoughtful manner.
btw: "A House in Space" (i think by Cooper also but i'm not sure) is a great story of the Skylab space station
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I too found this book as a child in the public library some years ago and have remembered it always. In gripping and understandable detail, Cooper successfully recounts how close we came to a space disaster and how the entire NASA team managed to avoid it. Richly textured narrative that allows you to understand how space flights were run and controlled without drowning in minutia.
I've never been able to forget this book. I still remember the feeling that a vast and incredible secret was shared with me. For years, I was the only one who knew anything about the Apollo 13 mission and could recite the details I learned from the book. I knew the astronauts, controllers, and personalities. Watching the movie brought all of that back and confirmed what I knew. This was a compelling and incredible story. A must read for anyone even mildly interested in the Apollo 13 story.
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As a boy, I found this book in the public library and read
all about the ill-fated Apollo 13 spaceflight of April 1970.
I had lived through the experience as an 11-year-old, and I
remembered the drama of the real-life explosion aboard the
Apollo spacecraft as it made its way to the moon.
But it was not until I read this remarkable story, that I
gained true insights into what had happened and how NASA
flight crews and engineers were able to bring the crippled
ship home safely.
I read this book about 20 times as a kid, finding it again
in the libary and checking it out regularly.
I loved it so much that I always checked for it in used
bookstores, because it went out of print quickly.
Author Henry S.F. Cooper is a gifted science writer,
making complex matters simple and understandable, yet
he never underexplained what was happening.
I finally located it in the summer of 1991, in a used book
store in Cooperstown, N.Y., while on a visit to the Baseball
Hall of Fame. Remarkably, I had stumbled into a bookshop
in the very town where Henry S.F. Cooper's family lived,
and the store had used copies of several of his science
books.
I bought one of each, including my beloved hardback copy
of ''13: The Flight That Failed'' (that was the original
title).
I still re-read it from time to time, with the same awe and
love that I have had for it since I was little.
The film, ''Apollo 13,'' was a fine film narrative,
but Cooper's classic book should not be missed.
Give it to a 10-year-old you love. :)
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Originally written in the 1970s, Cooper's book details how
flight controllers were able to save the crew of Apollo 13.
It brings to life the people of the movie Apollo 13.

Highly Recommended! An excellent companion to Jim Lovell's
book Lost Moon.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's rare to find a book that you just can't put down, but this one is definitely in that category! 8. September 2015
Von David Ecale - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I picked this book up for my kindle with the general idea of reading about the Apollo 13 disaster & recovery. I never considered it a total immersion page turner, but that's what it turned out to be! I actually read the book straight through one Saturday! I ended up having to go to bed only a few pages short of the end. I turned the brightness way down on my Kindle Fire HD & finished the book!

There are some things that you need to know:

1) The book has a lot of technical detail. Don't worry, you'll actually breeze through it. (One particular example is a "Main Bus B undervolt!" This means that the voltage (pressure) has dropped. In order to maintain the same power draw, the Amperage (volume of electrons) has to increase. This is effectively a "brownout" and the extra amperage can severely damage the equipment.)

2) The ground staff were suffering the same delusions that those handling the pre-launch of the Challenger would later experience, "It's so redundant that something catastrophic just can't happen!"

3) The video at the end of the Apollo 13 movie showing the real-time satellite feed of the capsule coming in on its parachutes and splashing down REALLY HAPPENED!

Finally, while the book & the movie diverge in many respects, definitely re-watch the movie as it does as good a job as it possibly can in its allocated 90 minutes. It's a good movie, but the book is an absolute armchair grabbing thriller of the first magnitude!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very insightful, and delightfully detailed account of a safe return from a harrowing incident 9. August 2015
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I quite liked this book. I'll admit, I got it on my phone only because I had been curious about how the astronauts had used their chronographs to navigate while on their way back to Earth (a fact on which the book didn't quite deliver), but once I started actually reading it I was quite enthralled, and soon my attention was entrenched and I finished the book rather quickly, reading over dinner and over lunch breaks at work.

I had watched the movie Apollo 13 years prior to reading this book, and I had watched various documentaries on the topic prior to as well as after reading this book, besides having reas juat a little bit about the accident as a schoolboy, but despite all that nothing took away interest in reading this book, so I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in how space exploration works (the basic organizing principles of team management seem to have remained unchanged, and seem to be shared by both the Americans and the Russians, judging how the two countries launch, guide, and return their space explorers -- or so my times of watching space shuttle-MIR station docking, a Hubble repair mission, and other missions would have me believe).

I liked how the episode was brought to life with how tension and urgency that went into bringing back some of America's finest pilots. I also liked the details of job responsibilities were divided among the astronauts and among the various ground teams.

I liked how the book detailed how the mission was flown so much from the ground, so to speak. The book has quite a run down of how NASA ordered and procured parts for various aspects of the lunar mission, and how they meticulously kept records, and how they worked so closely with their contractors and sub-contractors to quickly diagnose the problem amd to come up with quick fixes that saved the astronauts, and how they worked to make sure everything worked in the face of the unexpected. It was nice to see details that hinted at the vast scale of the emergency operations, in how they tried to muster ships literally across the oceans and far away seas in order to ensure the safe return of some of their best.

On another note, I would also recommend this book to anyone who likes to believe that the moon landings were a hoax on the ground that the Apollo craft had less computing power than a modern watch (other aspects of the hoax conspiracy theorists probably cannot be addressed by this book, as these astronauts did not actually get to land on the moon) -- for this book details how the Apollo missions did their onboard computations without the bells and whistles that merely make modern computer interfaces appealing, but without adding much to what some of these modern computers can accomplish. Further, this book also details how navigation was performed by sextant in the same manner as ancient mariners -- an art lost on those armchair critics who like to feel that they can have a grasp on any information at their fingertips even while they look at information selectively). The book also details how so much of the mission's numerically intensive trajectory, timing, and other calculations were performed by actual supercomputers, that NASA had on the ground, with data provided by the Apollo astronauts and their instruments. This book also talks about how the missions were actually observable to people with ground based optical telescopes while en route to the moon (the lander and command modules were too small to be identified using optical telescopes on Earth, or Earth bound orbits once they were far enough away -- a fact that anyone can readily ascertain by learning about spatial resolution in any graduate level, or perhaps even undergraduate level, optics course).

It's perhaps funny now, but was deadly serious then, that in the immediate aftermath of Apollo 13's crippling explosion the problem with the moon bound rocket was actually observed from Earth, using an amateur telescope, before the problem was actually diagnosed by NASA and the astronautts, independently -- but I should let you read more of that from the book.

On the whole this book provided some good perspectives on how NASA managed a tremendously complex project, and I would recommend it even on just that ground, the same way that I would recommend other books written about highly complex projects.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Well Written -- But Not For Everyone 11. März 2015
Von Philip McCarron - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Although very well written, don't expect what one would hope to be a human story here. This account of Apollo 13 is more a forensic examination of the accident, and ensuing emergency, told in a strictly step-by-step fashion, of just what happened aboard the spacecraft, and -- in far more detail -- how the engineers at Mission Control in Houston dealt with the seeming endless supply of challenges the multiple failures of the mission presented to them. A great research source, but not a story told for the reader looking for a warm-and-fuzzy Ron Howard movie. Also -- it was written and published shortly after the incident itself, so much of what is known now was not known then (its copyright is 1972).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent book however very abrupt ending 20. November 2012
Von Colin Brown - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is one of the few books or movies that I hadn't yet read or seen with regards to the Apollo 13 mission. It's not a particularly large book and only took a few nights to read. This book focuses on the happenings in the Manned Control Center in Houston (Mission Control) rather than detailing things from an astronauts point of view (if this is what you are looking for then Jim Levell's Apollo 13/Lost Moon is an excellent read).
The book delves immediately into the action and doesn't give backgrounds on the main participants with the exception of perhaps one or two lines detailing which college/university the person attended, and is an action packed read all the way. The writer has done an excellent job of portraying what happened in Mission Control to the audience in such a way that it is gripping to read, even for someone like me who has read numerous accounts of this before.
My only criticisms about this book, and they are slight, is that I felt in some places the narrative could have been fleshed out a bit although I think the author wanted to keep the action oriented nature of the book going and not be distracted by anything technical. The other was the ending. The book appeared to just finish so abruptly. I was expecting to turn the page and find another chapter winding down the events and detailing what happened after the astronauts got back to houston, the findings of the subsequent investigation of the explosion, something to neatly wrap it up but none was provided.
Overall an excellent and gripping read and should be interesting to anyone whether or not you are interested in NASA and the Apollo missions. It reads like a thriller.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THE FISRT AND BEST BOOK ON THE APOLLO 13 SUCESSFUL FAILURE 24. Januar 2017
Von Scott Marquiss - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
This is an old book, published soon after the accident. It is also THE best book on what happened. What makes it so good is that it told from Mission Control's point of view. A detailed and edge of your seat read. Read this and then go find Jim Lovell's LOST MOON to get the other side of the story (from the astronaut's of Apollo 13 perspective). Lost Moon was made into APOLLO 13 (movie, with T. Hanks) some 20 years ago.
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