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Spaceflight Revolution: NASA Langley Research Center from Sputnik to Apollo (Annotated and Illustrated) (NASA History Series) James R. Hansen

Spaceflight Revolution: NASA Langley Research Center from Sputnik to Apollo (Annotated and Illustrated) (NASA History Series)

James R. Hansen

Published March 12th 2013
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856 pages
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James Hansens new book, Spaceflight Revolution, covers the turbulent seventeen-year period from 1958-1975 in great and interesting detail. With his usual thoroughness, Hansen has based this book on careful analysis of hundreds of written records,MoreJames Hansens new book, Spaceflight Revolution, covers the turbulent seventeen-year period from 1958-1975 in great and interesting detail. With his usual thoroughness, Hansen has based this book on careful analysis of hundreds of written records, both published and unpublished, as well as on numerous personal interviews with many of the key individuals involved in the great transition at Langley. One Langley activity that was intentionally omitted from this study is aeronautical research which, as the author mentions, will hopefully be covered in a separate book. Spaceflight Revolution is a very complete and well-researched exposition and interpretation of a period of great change at the Langley Research Center. The main events and trends are clearly and succinctly presented. Although many who worked for Langley during the period covered may not agree entirely with some of Hansens interpretations and conclusions, sufficient information is given in the text, references, and notes to permit the reader to evaluate the work. In any event, anyone who ever worked for Langley or NACA/NASA or who has any interest in the history of technology will find the book fascinating and thought provoking. In addition, anyone interested in the present and the future of NASA and the American space program will want to pay close attention to the insights found in his epilogue. Readers will see that Jim Hansen has again demonstrated his great abilities as a historian, and he deserves a well-earned Thank you for creating what will no doubt prove to be an enduring classic.664 pages. Over 200 photos and illustrations. Contents hyperlinked for easy navigation.Chapter Listing:ForewordPrologue1 - The Metamorphosis2 - The First NASA Inspection3 - Carrying Out the Task5 - The Mad Scientists of MPD6 - The Odyssey of Project Echo7 - Learning Through Failure: The Early Rush of the Scout Rocket Program8 - Enchanted Rendezvous: The Lunar-Orbit Rendezvous Concept9 - Skipping The Next Logical Step10 - To Behold the Moon: The Lunar Orbiter Project11 - In the Service of Apollo12 - The Cortright SynthesisEpilogueBonus Chapter – Langley Research Center Overview