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Ranger to the Moon - The History Behind the Flight of the American Rocket VII
Ranger to the Moon - The History Behind the Flight of the American Rocket VII Author:Willy Ley Willy Ley, famed scientist-writer, describes the lunar adventure headlining today's news. In "Ranger to the Moon" he explains the latest information that has been gathered by rocket research about the moon's topography, orbit, and origins - the scientific facts revealed by actual close-up investigation. Mr. Ley also gives a second-by-second co... more »untdown of the historic flight of American rocet Ranger VII and a chronology of the U.S. and Soviet attempts to reach the moon.
Willy Ley was a founding member of the early German Rocket Society and its vice-president from 1928 to 1933. He came to the US in 1935 and became a naturalized citizen in 1944....« less
Written in 1965. Chapter on the origin of the moon is amusing in hindsight. He spends about a page and a half explaining George Darwin's 1898 theory that the moon broke away from the earth, and concludes "But nobody believes any of this anymore. There is no way in which a large piece can break away from a planet without causing more than comparitively minor damage to the rest of it. The idea that the moon might be a child of the earth is as obsolete as an idea can be." Well, guess what the current theory of the origin of the moon is?