Homesteading Space

The Skylab Story

Author: David Hitt,Owen K. Garriott,Joe Kerwin

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803219016

Category: Science

Page: 520

View: 1346

As the United States and the Soviet Union went from exploring space to living in it, a space station was conceived as the logical successor to the Apollo moon program. But between conception and execution there was the vastness of space itself, to say nothing of monumental technological challenges. Homesteading Space, by two of Skylab s own astronauts and a NASA journalist, tells the dramatic story of America s first space station from beginning to fiery end. Homesteading Space is much more than a story of technological and scientific success; it is also an absorbing, sometimes humorous, often inspiring account of the determined, hardworking individuals who shepherded the program through a near-disastrous launch, a heroic rescue, and an exhausting study of Comet Kohoutek, as well as the lab's ultimate descent into the Indian Ocean. Featuring the unpublished in-flight diary of astronaut Alan Bean, the book is replete with the personal recollections and experiences of the Skylab crew and those who worked with them in training, during the mission, and in bringing them safely home.
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Living and Working in Space

The NASA History of Skylab

Author: William David Compton,Charles D. Benson

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486264343

Category: Science

Page: 464

View: 7063

The official record of America's first space station, this book from the NASA History Series chronicles the Skylab program from its planning during the 1960s through its 1973 launch and 1979 conclusion. 1983 edition.
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A house in space

Author: Henry S. F. Cooper

Publisher: Holt McDougal

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 184

View: 3272

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Ambassadors from Earth

Pioneering Explorations with Unmanned Spacecraft

Author: Jay Gallentine

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803226494

Category: Science

Page: 500

View: 3201

Aboard the Glacier -- Problem child -- The convict -- Light fuse, get away -- New moon -- Let's make a deal -- The creators and the makers -- Storming the Sea of Dreams -- Moving at the speed of design -- Job number MA-11 -- The science and the cyclist -- Get off the bus -- Swing in time -- The meeting and the mechta -- Think like gravity -- Didn't they get it? -- The death and the funeral -- One hundred percent failure -- Three-problem Shipley -- Pete and Al's little field trip -- Irradiated plans -- Embarking -- Get it -- Instant science -- Circles of gold -- Last light -- Continuum. Winner of the 2009 Emme Award.
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Go, Flight!

The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control, 1965–1992

Author: Rick Houston,Milt Heflin

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803269374

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 9035

The inspiration for the documentary Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo At first glance, it looks like just another auditorium in just another government building. But among the talented men (and later women) who worked in mission control, the room located on the third floor of Building 30—at what is now Johnson Space Center—would become known by many as “the Cathedral.” These members of the space program were the brightest of their generations, making split-second decisions that determined the success or failure of a mission. The flight controllers, each supported by a staff of specialists, were the most visible part of the operation, running the missions, talking to the heavens, troubleshooting issues on board, and, ultimately, attempting to bring everyone safely back home. None of NASA’s storied accomplishments would have been possible without these people. Interviews with dozens of individuals who worked in the historic third-floor mission control room bring the compelling stories to life. Go, Flight! is a real-world reminder of where we have been and where we could go again given the right political and social climate.
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In the Shadow of the Moon

A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969

Author: Francis French,Colin Burgess

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803209843

Category: Science

Page: 448

View: 1960

Tells the story of the exciting and challenging years in space flight, with two superpowers engaged in a titanic struggle to land one of their own people on the moon. This book explores the inspirations, ambitions, personalities, and experiences of the select few whose driving ambition was to fly to the moon.
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Bold They Rise

The Space Shuttle Early Years, 1972-1986

Author: David Hitt,Heather R. Smith

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803226489

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 7948

Chronicles the history of the Space Shuttle program from the early days of research and design to the Challenger disaster, relating the personal experiences of the astronauts, engineers, and scientists involved in the program.
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Apollo Pilot

The Memoir of Astronaut Donn Eisele

Author: Donn Eisele

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803299524

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 6675

In October 1968 Donn Eisele flew with fellow astronauts Walt Cunningham and Wally Schirra into Earth orbit in Apollo 7. The first manned mission in the Apollo program and the first manned flight after a fire during a launch pad test killed three astronauts in early 1967, Apollo 7 helped restart NASA's manned-spaceflight program. Known to many as a goofy, lighthearted prankster, Eisele worked his way from the U.S. Naval Academy to test pilot school and then into the select ranks of America's prestigious astronaut corps. He was originally on the crew of Apollo 1 before being replaced due to injury. After that crew died in a horrific fire, Eisele was on the crew selected to return Americans to space. Despite the success of Apollo 7, Eisele never flew in space again, as divorce and a testy crew commander led to the three astronauts being labeled as troublemakers. Unbeknownst to everyone, after his retirement as a technical assistant for manned spaceflight at NASA's Langley Research Center in 1972, Eisele wrote in detail about his years in the air force and his time in the Apollo program. Long after his death, Francis French discovered Eisele's unpublished memoir, and Susie Eisele Black (Donn's widow) allowed French access to her late husband's NASA files and personal effects. Readers can now experience an Apollo story they assumed would never be written as well as the story behind its discovery.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Into That Silent Sea

Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965

Author: Francis French,Colin Burgess

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803226395

Category: Science

Page: 407

View: 9863

A history of early space flight focuses on the careers of both American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts and includes coverage of other persons who worked in support roles.
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Footprints in the Dust

The Epic Voyages of Apollo, 1969-1975

Author: Colin Burgess

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803226659

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 7595

Arriving on the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11, as NASA prepares to return astronauts to the moon, Footprints in the Dust offers a thorough, engrossing, and multifaceted account of the Apollo missions.øThe flight of Apollo 11 was a triumph of human endeavor, persistence, and technology, one of the greatest achievements in human history. This book begins with the mission that sent Neil Armstrong and Edwin ?Buzz? Aldrin to the moon, then follows American spaceflight through the harrowing rescue of Apollo 13 before moving on to the successful joint Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with key figures in the space program, the authors convey the human drama and chart the technological marvels that went into the Apollo missions. They also put the accomplishments of American spaceflight into historical context, examining the competitive space race with the Soviet Union, the roles of politics and personality in launching the mission, and the consequences, practical and profound, of this giant leap for mankind.
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Fallen Astronauts

Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon, Revised Edition

Author: Colin Burgess,Kate Doolan

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803285973

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 649

Near the end of the Apollo 15 mission, David Scott and fellow moonwalker James Irwin conducted a secret ceremony unsanctioned by NASA: they placed on the lunar soil a small tin figurine called The Fallen Astronaut, along with a plaque bearing a list of names. By telling the stories of those sixteen astronauts and cosmonauts who died in the quest to reach the moon between 1962 and 1972, this book enriches the saga of humankind's greatest scientific undertaking, Project Apollo, and conveys the human cost of the space race. Many people are aware of the first manned Apollo mission, in which Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee lost their lives in a fire during a ground test, but few know of the other five fallen astronauts whose stories this book tells as well, including Ted Freeman and C.C. Williams, who died in the crashes of their T-38 jets; the "Gemini Twins," Charlie Bassett and Elliot See, killed when their jet slammed into the building where their Gemini capsule was undergoing final construction; and Ed Givens, whose fatal car crash has until now been obscured by rumors. Supported by extensive interviews and archival material, the extraordinary lives and accomplishments of these and other fallen astronauts--including eight Russian cosmonauts who lost their lives during training--unfold here in intimate and compelling detail. Their stories return us to a stirring time in the history of our nation and remind us of the cost of fulfilling our dreams. This revised edition includes expanded and revised biographies and additional photographs.
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To a Distant Day

The Rocket Pioneers

Author: Chris Gainor

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803222588

Category: Science

Page: 236

View: 3019

?Insightful, instructive, and definitely worth the read.??Greg Andres, Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada ?As someone who has been teaching a course on space exploration for many years and has visited most of NASA's space centers, I have found plenty of new and valuable material in To a Distant Day. . . . I recommend the book to all who wish to know more about the conditions, people, and discoveries between 1890 and 1960 that led to the space age.??Pangratios Papacosta, Physics Today Although the dream of flying is as old as the human imagination, the notion of rocketing into space may have originated with Chinese gunpowder experiments during the Middle Ages. Rockets as both weapons and entertainment are examined in this engaging history of how human beings acquired the ability to catapult themselves into space. Chris Gainor's irresistible narrative introduces us to pioneers such as Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Robert Goddard, and Hermann Oberth, who pointed the way to the cosmos by generating the earliest wave of international enthusiasm for space exploration. It shows us German engineer Wernher von Braun creating the V-2, the first large rocket, which, though opening the door to space, failed utterly as the ?wonder weapon? it was meant to be. From there Gainor follows the space race to the Soviet Union and the United States, giving us a close look at the competitive hysteria that led to Sputnik, satellites, space probes, and?finally?human flight into space in 1961. As much a story of cultural ambition and personal destiny as of scientific progress and technological history, To a Distant Day offers a complete and thoroughly compelling account of humanity's determined efforts?sometimes poignant, sometimes amazing, sometimes mad?to leave the earth behind.
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Outposts on the Frontier

A Fifty-Year History of Space Stations

Author: Jay Chladek

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803222920

Category: History

Page: 520

View: 7855

The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest man-made structure to orbit Earth and has been conducting research for close to a decade and a half. Yet it is only the latest in a long line of space stations and laboratories that have flown in orbit since the early 1970s. The histories of these earlier programs have been all but forgotten as the public focused on other, higher-profile adventures such as the Apollo moon landings. A vast trove of stories filled with excitement, danger, humor, sadness, failure, and success, Outposts on the Frontier reveals how the Soviets and the Americans combined strengths to build space stations over the past fifty years. At the heart of these scientific advances are people of both greatness and modesty. Jay Chladek documents the historical tapestry of the people, the early attempts at space station programs, and how astronauts and engineers have contributed to and shaped the ISS in surprising ways. Outposts on the Frontier delves into the intriguing stories behind the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory, the Almaz and Salyut programs, Skylab, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, Spacelab, Mir station, Spacehab, and the ISS and gives past-due attention to Vladimir Chelomei, the Russian designer whose influence in space station development is as significant as Sergei Korolev’s in rocketry. Outposts on the Frontier is an informative and dynamic history of humankind’s first outposts on the frontier of space.
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Around the World in 84 Days

The Authorized Biography of Skylab Astronaut Jerry Carr

Author: David J Shayler

Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing

ISBN: 9781894959957

Category:

Page: 272

View: 2118

Book & DVD. For 84 days -- from 16 November 1973, to 8 February 1974 -- mission commander Jerry Carr orbited the Earth on board the American space station Skylab 4, setting a new record for time in space. Had the Apollo 19 mission not been cancelled, Carr could have been the 16th man to walk on the Moon. Covering his record-setting time in space as well as his training in the U.S. Marine Corps, his career with NASA, and his retirement years, this biography brings the story of Gerald P Carr to life.
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Infinity Beckoned

Adventuring Through the Inner Solar System, 1969–1989

Author: Jay Gallentine

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803234465

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 3439

"Account of unmanned lunar and planetary exploration from the early 1970s to the early 1990s"--
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The X-15 Rocket Plane

Flying the First Wings Into Space

Author: Michelle L. Evans

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803228406

Category: History

Page: 450

View: 8789

Discusses the development of the X-15 Rocket Plane, a spacecraft that paved the way for human-controlled spaceflight.
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Carl Sagan's Cosmic Connection

An Extraterrestrial Perspective

Author: Carl Sagan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521783033

Category: Nature

Page: 302

View: 4696

A classic book by the world's most famous scientist and science visionary, back in print with a new 2000 perspective.
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Realizing Tomorrow

The Path to Private Spaceflight

Author: Chris Dubbs,Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803235275

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 343

View: 2927

Nearly forty years passed between the Apollo moon landings, the grandest accomplishment of a government-run space program, and the Ansari X PRIZE-winning flights of SpaceShipOne, the greatest achievement of a private space program. Now, as we hover on the threshold of commercial spaceflight, authors Chris Dubbs and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom look back at how we got to this point. Their book traces the lives of the individuals who shared the dream that private individuals and private enterprise belong in space.Realizing Tomorrowprovides a behind-the-scenes look at the visionaries, the crackpots, the financial schemes, the legal wrangling, the turf battles, and--underpinning the entire drama--the overwhelming desire of ordinary people to visit outer space. A compelling story of the pioneers of commercial spaceflight--both American and Soviet/Russian--and their efforts to open the final frontier to everyone, this book traces the path to private spaceflight even as it offers an instructive, entertaining, and cautionary note about its future.
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Limiting Outer Space

Astroculture After Apollo

Author: Alexander C.T. Geppert

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137369167

Category: Science

Page: 367

View: 1933

Limiting Outer Space propels the historicization of outer space by focusing on the Post-Apollo period. After the moon landings, disillusionment set in. Outer space, no longer considered the inevitable destination of human expansion, lost much of its popular appeal, cultural significance and political urgency. With the rapid waning of the worldwide Apollo frenzy, the optimism of the Space Age gave way to an era of space fatigue and planetized limits. Bringing together the history of European astroculture and American-Soviet spaceflight with scholarship on the 1970s, this cutting-edge volume examines the reconfiguration of space imaginaries from a multiplicity of disciplinary perspectives. Rather than invoking oft-repeated narratives of Cold War rivalry and an escalating Space Race, Limiting Outer Space breaks new ground by exploring a hitherto underrated and understudied decade, the Post-Apollo period.
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Invest to Win: Earn & Keep Profits in Bull & Bear Markets with the GainsMaster Approach

Author: Toni Turner,Gordon Scott

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071798382

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 9106

Offers advice on managing investments in both uptrending and downtrending markets, revealing how to evaluate company financial reports, recognize signals that foretell shifts in the market, and exit investments at the right time.
Posted in Business & Economics