Those of a certain age remember classic American situation: A couple of guys (maybe three) hanging out in a garage. Occasionally they offer advice to another guy on the floor, his two legs extended from beneath a car, his torso wedged between a dolly and the chassis. A sweating can of watery domestic lager (or maybe three) rests on the workbench, and, because these guys have no idea what they're doing, a Haynes repair manual, its pages smeared with grease and maybe a little blood from when a wrench slipped and knuckles rammed into the drivetrain.
But where's the role of the repair manual in the age of embedded microchips and computerized diagnostics, when new car buyers are often discouraged from even checking the oil? Well, if you ever wondered what's under the hood of the the Millennium Falcon, a Saturn V rocket, or NASA's Mars rovers, it turns out a Haynes guide is still helpful. Their expanded "Owner's Workshop Manual" list includes overviews of not just spacecraft, but also classic race cars, spy planes, U-boats, and even the moon. They're not technically repair manuals as much as they are overviews; i.e. you won't learn how to replace the brake pads on the Space Shuttle, but you will learn about its missions and technologies through the many photographs, schematics (where available), and abundant, detailed text. There's even one for Apollo 13, which might have been helpful in 1970, even if those three guys turned out to be pretty resourceful.
More books from the Owner's Workshop Series: