The History Of Human Space Flight

Author: Ted Spitzmiller
Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 0813054273
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“A very competent, complete history of manned spacecraft. . . . A strongly recommended resource.”―Choice

"A fascinating human saga of dedication, competition, sacrifice, and achievement."--Dave Finley, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

"An ambitious and thorough history, extending back to the earliest risk takers and innovators who laid the groundwork for the astronauts and cosmonauts who would break the bonds of Earth."--George Leopold, author of Calculated Risk

"Brings many of the personalities in the exploration of space to life. Spitzmiller offers a great perspective on issues from Von Braun's involvement with the Nazi Party to Grissom's infamous hatch."--Sidney M. Gutierrez, former NASA shuttle commander

"A wonderfully synthetic and penetrating account of humankind's historic ventures into space."--James R. Hansen, author of First Man

"A well-researched space history full of little-known details that all space enthusiasts will want."--Marianne J. Dyson, author of A Passion for Space

Highlighting men and women across the globe who have dedicated themselves to pushing the limits of space exploration, this book surveys the programs, technological advancements, medical equipment, and automated systems that have made space travel possible.



Beginning with the invention of balloons that lifted early explorers into the stratosphere, Ted Spitzmiller describes how humans first came to employ lifting gasses such as hydrogen and helium. He traces the influence of science fiction writers on the development of rocket science, looks at the role of rocket societies in the early twentieth century, and discusses the use of rockets in World War II warfare.



Spitzmiller considers the engineering and space medicine advances that finally enabled humans to fly beyond the earth's atmosphere during the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. He recreates the excitement felt around the world as Yuri Gagarin and John Glenn completed their first orbital flights. He recounts triumphs and tragedies, such as Neil Armstrong's "one small step" and the Challenger and Columbia disasters.



The story continues with the development of the International Space Station, NASA's interest in asteroids and Mars, and the emergence of China as a major player in the space arena. Spitzmiller shows the impact of space flight on human history and speculates on the future of exploration beyond our current understandings of physics and the known boundaries of time and space.

Digital Apollo Human And Machine In Spaceflight

Author: David A. Mindell
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262134977
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How human pilots and automated systems worked together to achieve the ultimate in flight -- the lunar landings of NASA's Apollo program.

As Apollo 11's Lunar Module descended toward the moon under automatic control, a program alarm in the guidance computer's software nearly caused a mission abort. Neil Armstrong responded by switching off the automatic mode and taking direct control. He stopped monitoring the computer and began flying the spacecraft, relying on skill to land it and earning praise for a triumph of human over machine. In Digital Apollo, engineer-historian David Mindell takes this famous moment as a starting point for an exploration of the relationship between humans and computers in the Apollo program. In each of the six Apollo landings, the astronaut in command seized control from the computer and landed with his hand on the stick. Mindell recounts the story of astronauts' desire to control their spacecraft in parallel with the history of the Apollo Guidance Computer. From the early days of aviation through the birth of spaceflight, test pilots and astronauts sought to be more than "spam in a can" despite the automatic controls, digital computers, and software developed by engineers.

Digital Apollo examines the design and execution of each of the six Apollo moon landings, drawing on transcripts and data telemetry from the flights, astronaut interviews, and NASA's extensive archives. Mindell's exploration of how human pilots and automated systems worked together to achieve the ultimate in flight -- a lunar landing -- traces and reframes the debate over the future of humans and automation in space. The results have implications for any venture in which human roles seem threatened by automated systems, whether it is the work at our desktops or the future of exploration.


Rise Of The Rocket Girls The Women Who Propelled Us From Missiles To The Moon To Mars

Author: Nathalia Holt
Publisher: Back Bay Books
ISBN: 0316338907
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"If Hidden Figures has you itching to learn more about the women who worked in the space program, pick up Nathalia Holt's lively, immensely readable history, Rise of the Rocket Girls." --Entertainment Weekly

The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space.

In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.

For the first time, Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women--known as "human computers"--who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Based on extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team, Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we've been, and the far reaches of space to which we're heading.

Apollo In The Age Of Aquarius

Author: Neil M. Maher
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 067497199X
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The summer of 1969 saw astronauts land on the moon for the first time and hippie hordes descend on Woodstock for a legendary music festival. For Neil M. Maher, the conjunction of these two era-defining events is not entirely coincidental. Apollo in the Age of Aquarius shows how the celestial aspirations of NASA’s Apollo space program were tethered to terrestrial concerns, from the civil rights struggle and the antiwar movement to environmentalism, feminism, and the counterculture.

With its lavishly funded mandate to send a man to the moon, Apollo became a litmus test in the 1960s culture wars. Many people believed it would reinvigorate a country that had lost its way, while for others it represented a colossal waste of resources needed to solve pressing problems at home. Yet Maher also discovers synergies between the space program and political movements of the era. Photographs of “Whole Earth” as a bright blue marble heightened environmental awareness, while NASA’s space technology allowed scientists to track ecological changes globally. The space agency’s exclusively male personnel sparked feminist debates about opportunities for women. Activists pressured NASA to apply its technical know-how to ending the Vietnam War and helping African Americans by reducing energy costs in urban housing projects. Particularly during the 1970s, as public interest in NASA waned, the two sides became dependent on one another for political support.

Against a backdrop of Saturn V moonshots and Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind, Apollo in the Age of Aquarius brings the cultural politics of the space race back down to planet Earth.


Outcasts United An American Town A Refugee Team And One Woman S Quest To Make A Difference

Author: Warren St. John
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 0385522045
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The extraordinary tale of a refugee youth soccer team and the transformation of a small American town

Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical Southern town until it was designated a refugee settlement center in the 1990s, becoming the first American home for scores of families in flight from the world’s war zones—from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan. Suddenly Clarkston’s streets were filled with women wearing the hijab, the smells of cumin and curry, and kids of all colors playing soccer in any open space they could find. The town also became home to Luma Mufleh, an American-educated Jordanian woman who founded a youth soccer team to unify Clarkston’s refugee children and keep them off the streets. These kids named themselves the Fugees.

Set against the backdrop of an American town that without its consent had become a vast social experiment, Outcasts United follows a pivotal season in the life of the Fugees and their charismatic coach. Warren St. John documents the lives of a diverse group of young people as they miraculously coalesce into a band of brothers, while also drawing a fascinating portrait of a fading American town struggling to accommodate its new arrivals. At the center of the story is fiery Coach Luma, who relentlessly drives her players to success on the soccer field while holding together their lives—and the lives of their families—in the face of a series of daunting challenges.

This fast-paced chronicle of a single season is a complex and inspiring tale of a small town becoming a global community—and an account of the ingenious and complicated ways we create a home in a changing world.

Exploring The Unknown Selected Documents In The History Of The U S Civil Space Program Volume Vii Human Spaceflight Projects Mercury Gemini And Apollo Nasa History

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Publisher: Scientific and Technical Information Off
ISBN: 0160813816
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The first six volumes of this projected eight-volume documentary history have become an indispensable reference work for anyone interested in the history of the U.S. civil space program and its development over time.  This volume contains over 100 key documents, many of which are published for the first time.  Each is introduced by a headnote providing context, bibliographical details, and background information necessary to understand the document.  These are organized into two chapters, each beginning with an essay that keys the documents to major events in the history of space exploration.  


Reluctant Genius Alexander Graham Bell And The Passion For Invention

Author: Charlotte Gray
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
ISBN: 1611450608
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The popular image of Alexander Graham Bell is that of an elderly American patriarch, memorable only for his paunch, his Santa Claus beard, and the invention of the telephone. In this magisterial reassessment based on thorough new research, acclaimed biographer Charlotte Gray reveals Bell’s wide-ranging passion for invention and delves into the private life that supported his genius. The child of a speech therapist and a deaf mother, and possessed of superbly acute hearing, Bell developed an early interest in sound. His understanding of how sound waves might relate to electrical waves enabled him to invent the “talking telegraph” be- fore his rivals, even as he undertook a tempestuous courtship of the woman who would become his wife and mainstay.

In an intensely competitive age, Bell seemed to shun fame and fortune. Yet many of his innovations—electric heating, using light to transmit sound, electronic mail, composting toilets, the artificial lung—were far ahead of their time. His pioneering ideas about sound, flight, genetics, and even the engineering of complex structures such as stadium roofs still resonate today. This is an essential portrait of an American giant whose innovations revolutionized the modern world.

The Hidden Dimension Anchor Books A Doubleday Anchor Book

Author: Edward T. Hall
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385084765
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People like to keep certain distances between themselves and other people or thigns. And this invisible bubble of space that constitutes each person's "territory" is one of the key dimensions of modern society. Edward T. Hall, author of The Silent Language, introduced the science of proxemics to demonstrate how man's use of space can affect personal and business reltions, cross-cultural interactions, architecture, city planning, and urban renewal.

 "One of the few extraordinary books about mankind's future which should be read by every thoughtful person." —Chicago Tribune

"This is a book of impressive genius, replete with unusually sharp observations." —Richard J. Neutra, Landscape Architecture

Return To The Moon Exploration Enterprise And Energy In The Human Settlement Of Space

Author: Harrison Schmitt
Publisher: Copernicus
ISBN: 0387242856
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Former NASA Astronaut Harrison Schmitt advocates a private, investor-based approach to returning humans to the Moon―to extract Helium 3 for energy production, to use the Moon as a platform for science and manufacturing, and to establish permanent human colonies there in a kind of stepping stone community on the way to deeper space. With governments playing a supporting role―just as they have in the development of modern commercial aeronautics and agricultural production―Schmitt believes that a fundamentally private enterprise is the only type of organization capable of sustaining such an effort and, eventually, even making it pay off.


The History Of Human Space Flight

Author: Ted Spitzmiller
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780813054278
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-Highlighting men and women across the globe who have dedicated themselves to pushing the limits of space exploration, this book surveys the programs, technological advancements, medical equipment, and automated systems that have made space ...

The History Of Manned Space Flight

Author: David Baker
Publisher: Outlet
ISBN: 9780517543771
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Follows the development of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Vostok, and Soyuz space programs and describes the contributions of scientists, astronauts, and politicians to the space effort

Human Spaceflight And Exploration

Author: Carol Norberg
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3642237258
Size: 44.46 MB
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The book presents a unique overview of activities in human spaceflight and exploration and a discussion of future development possibilities.

Human Spaceflight

Author: Louis Friedman
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 0816531463
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"This book explores the future of human presence in space and the possibility of interstellar travel beyond Mars.

Spaceplane Hermes

Author: Luc van den Abeelen
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319444727
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This is the first comprehensive book on the European Hermes program. It tells the fascinating story of how Europe aimed for an independent manned spaceflight capability which was to complement US and Soviet/Russian space activities.

Stepping Stones To The Stars

Author: Terry C. Treadwell
Publisher: History PressLtd
ISBN:
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A history of manned spaceflight, from Vostok to the Shuttle, including rare photographs from the Russian space program and a foreword by a former Space Shuttle commander Beginning with a short history of the evolution of the rocket, this ...

On Orbit And Beyond

Author: Douglas A. Vakoch
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3642305830
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This book explores some of the contributions of psychology to yesterday’s great space race, today’s orbiter and International Space Station missions, and tomorrow’s journeys beyond Earth’s orbit.

Space Flight

Author: Lance K. Erickson
Publisher: Government Institutes
ISBN: 1605906840
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Focusing on research data gleaned from these exploration programs, the book's historical perspective highlights the progression of our scientific understanding of both the smallest and largest entities in our universe, from subatomic ...

Doing The Impossible

Author: Arthur L. Slotkin
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461437016
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Following the contributions of George E. Mueller, in this unique book Arthur L. Slotkin answers such questions as: exactly how did the methods developed for use in the Air Force ballistic missile programs get modified and used in the Apollo ...