“Your work is important to the future of space exploration.”

Chris Kraft , Mission Control chief, NASA

“I believe your books are the best reference material that someone could use.” 

Guenter Wendt , Pad Leader, Cape Canaveral, NASA

With a publishing record lasting over 50 years GARC has researched originated and edited a vast quantity of published and specialist  material.  Through its wholly owned subsidiary Apogee it has 200 titles published selling nearly Two million non-fiction books into over 50 countries, ranging  from Victorian space fiction to the Columbia Accident Report to Star Wars and the entire history of the Russian Space Program. 



Manned Lunar Landing And Return

Take a trip back to the 1950s when the Chance Vought Company, builders of some of America’s top fighter aircraft, were quietly figuring out how to get men to the moon using something they called Project MALLAR.

It is the story of a team of engineers who built some of the most sophisticated space simulators in the world, where almost all of the Mercury and Gemini astronauts learned the art of spaceflight. This same team produced the first serious plan to use modular spacecraft and a technique called Lunar Orbit Rendezvous to make it possible to get to the moon.

This book also reveals how for several years rocket genius Wernher von Braun overlooked his own ideas, before having them reintroduced back to him because of Project MALLAR, and how Vought’s fighter aircraft weaved in and out of the Apollo story and then contributed to almost every major airliner in the sky today. 

Included are rare illustrations, some from recently declassified reports, of the earliest designs for the rockets and spacecraft that led to the greatest technological achievement in human history.

In Manned Lunar Landing And Return, Robert Godwin takes the reader back to the time long before President Kennedy made his famous proclamation to reach for the moon and reveals one critical thread in the trail of genius which ended in the Sea of Traquility.

Even fifty years later there are still important stories waiting to be told about how humans first walked on another world; such as the one in this book.

“Reads like a novel. Replete with new discoveries. This book is seminal.”

David Baker, BIS Spaceflight May 2019


“I found the book very interesting. Best wishes for continued success with your very capable work.”

Neil Armstrong , Apollo 11

“Should be on the desk of everyone working on the next lunar lander.”

Captain Richard Gordon, Apollo 12

“Keep up the good work!” 

Fred Haise, Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 13

“It’s about time someone did this right.”

Jim Lovell, Commander, Apollo 13

“A treasure for the serious student of space exploration.”

Captain Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14

“…deserves a place in every scientific library…” 

Sir Patrick Moore

“A unique reference.” 

Library Journal

“A fascinating and fun book.”

Tom Hanks, Actor Producer

“The most ambitious look at our space program to date.”



The Corporation has a proud heritage as a producer of contemporary factual, productions. These are executed with faithful storytelling in a specialist genre blending the detailed record with the vision and motivation that has underpinned space development in our time.  General Astronautics has also helped create some of the finest hard science fiction in the history of cinema.


“We have had nothing but compliments on your Apollo 17 film. Thank you.” 

Senator Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17

“Congratulations on your vision and all of your hard work that has gone into this project.”

Dave Williams, Shuttle Astronaut

“I have watched it three times and still find it thrilling. (Apollo 11 film) You did a great job!”

Wendell Mendell , Mgr. Human Exploration, NASA

“Marvelous. I’m afraid I’m going to lose a lot of sleep.”

Sir Arthur C Clarke