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Mission Control : Inventing the Groundwork of Spaceflight (Hardcover) (Michael Peter Johnson)

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“We have all seen NASA’s mission control centers at moments of both triumph and tragedy. Johnson makes a significant contribution to spaceflight history by analyzing their pivotal role.”—Roger Launius, associate director for collections and curatorial affairs, National Air and Space Museum“Addresses a critical yet neglected topic in the history of space exploration, namely the role of mission controllers on the ground, without whom little could have ever been accomplished in space.”—Paul E. Ceruzzi, author ofComputing: A Concise History“Mission control centers are where the action happens in spaceflight. This book looks at three important centers, comparing them to each other and revealing their similarities and differences.”—David Christopher Arnold, author ofSpying from Space: Constructing America’s Satellite Command and Control SystemsBrave astronauts, flaring rockets, and majestic launches are only one side of the story of spaceflight. Any mission to space depends on years—if not decades—of work by thousands of dedicated individuals on the ground. These are the people whose voices offer a friendly link to Earth in the void of space, whose hands maneuver rovers across the face of planets, and whose skills guide astronauts home. This book is a long-overdue history of three major centers that have managed important missions since the dawn of the space age.In Mission Control, Michael Johnson explores the famous Johnson Space Center in Houston, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany—each a strategically designed micro-environment responsible for the operation of spacecraft and the safety of passengers.Johnson explains the motivations behind the location of each center and their intricate design. He shows how the robotic spaceflight missions overseen in Pasadena and Darmstadt set these centers apart from Houston. He argues that the type of spacecraft and the missions they controlled—not the nations they represented—defined how the centers developed, yet they played vital national roles as space technology became a battleground for international power struggles in the Cold War years and even after.
Number of Pages: 203
Genre: Technology
Sub-Genre: History, Aeronautics + Astronautics
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
Author: Michael Peter Johnson
Language: English
Street Date: October 13, 2015
TCIN: 18855963
UPC: 9780813061504
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-3786
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