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Passion for Space : Adventures of a Pioneering Female Nasa Flight Controller (Paperback) (Marianne J.
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Marianne Dyson tells the story of the first five space shuttle flights from the personal perspective of mission planning and operations in Houston at the Johnson Space Center. Based on firsthand experience as well as original sources such as journals and NASA weekly activity reports, this is an eyewitness retelling of the inside workings of Mission Control. The book contains historical details about astronaut and flight controller training that exemplify both the humor and serious aspects of space operations, including the almost unknown fire in Mission Control during STS-5 that nearly caused an emergency entry of the shuttle and yet was completely downplayed by NASA. The story begins with the inspiration of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon and follows the challenges of pursuing a science career as a woman in the 70s and 80s, when it was far from an easy path. Dyson became a space shuttle flight controller at a time when women were making the first inroads into flight control, a previously male-dominated profession. Written by an insider with a unique personal perspective and credentials to match, this a must-read for anyone interested in the institutional culture at NASA during the space shuttle era.
Genre: Science, Technology
Sub-Genre: Astrophysics + Space Science, Engineering / Mechanical, Astronomy
Series Title: Space Exploration
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Marianne J. Dyson
Street Date: September 30, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-05-5618
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