September 30, 2011 #126 - The Soviet Moon Program

If you are interested in the history of the moon race between the United States and the Soviets, there is a newly released book containing some high quality photos and background info from the soviet program. It's entitled "The Soviet Reach for the Moon: The L-1 and L-3 Manned Lunar Programs and the Story of the N-1 (Moon Rocket)", 1995, by Nicholas L. Johnson. This public domain book is available as a PDF from

( has also released seven other books that may be of interest to readers of this blog. They cover lunar and planetary geology:

Guidebook to the Geology of Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona (a.k.a. Meteor Crater)
by David A. Kring

The Geology of the Terrestrial Planets (1984), by M. H. Carr, R. Stephen Saunders, Robert G. Strom, and Don E. Wilhelms

Lunar Stratigraphy and Sedimentology (1976), by John F. Lindsay

Moon Trip: A Personal Account of the Apollo Program and its Science (c1989), by Elbert A. King

Planetary Science: A Lunar Perspective (c1982), by Stuart Ross Taylor

To a Rocky Moon: A Geologist's History of Lunar Exploration (Tucson and London: University of Arizona Press, c1993), by Don E. Wilhelms

Guide to Lunar Orbiter Photographs (1970), by Thomas P. Hansen

Clear Sky - Rich

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