It was February 1966. A Saturn V rocket started to an suborbital unmanned test flight with the Apollo Command Module for the first time. A Saturn Orbital test flight followed without Apollo Spaceship in July 1966; and a further flight with the Apollo Command Module tookoff in August 1966. The Saturn Rocket Vehicle was developed by scientists and technicians of the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) under the direction of Dr. Wernher von Braun for the NASA in the context of the Apollo program. These rocket type are one of the most efficient systems which were ever built. The researches to the rocket systems reach back far in the beginnings of the fifties of the last century. Long was the way till the first man could enter the moon. The Apollo programme suffered a sharp setback when the three astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee killed by flames at routine training exercise in their command module. Extensive modifications at the command module and the safety systems were the consequence from this catastrophe. This test of January 27th, 1967 received reactively the name Apollo 1. Six years after John F. Kennedy had rung in the race to the moon, this were the beginnings of the Apollo programme and this was the prelude to the great final on the way to the moon. This book shows the story of this way.
Hoffmann: The long Way to the Moon, € 29,98, ISBN 978-3-86992-151-8