In the Shadow of the Moon

A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969

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Author: Francis French,Colin Burgess

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803209843

Category: Science

Page: 448

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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.

The Last of NASA's Original Pilot Astronauts

Expanding the Space Frontier in the Late Sixties

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Author: David J. Shayler,Colin Burgess

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319510142

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 427

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Resulting from the authors’ deep research into these two pre-Shuttle astronaut groups, many intriguing and untold stories behind the selection process are revealed in the book. The often extraordinary backgrounds and personal ambitions of these skilled pilots, chosen to continue NASA’s exploration and knowledge of the space frontier, are also examined. In April 1966 NASA selected 19 pilot astronauts whose training was specifically targeted to the Apollo lunar landing missions and the Earth-orbiting Skylab space station. Three years later, following the sudden cancellation of the USAF’s highly classified Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) project, seven military astronauts were also co-opted into NASA’s space program. This book represents the final chapter by the authors in the story of American astronaut selections prior to the era of the Space Shuttle. Through personal interviews and original NASA documentation, readers will also gain a true insight into a remarkable age of space travel as it unfolded in the late 1960s, and the men who flew those historic missions.

Outposts on the Frontier

A Fifty-Year History of Space Stations

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Author: Jay Chladek

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 149620106X

Category: History

Page: 528

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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.

Fallen Astronauts

Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon, Revised Edition

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Author: Colin Burgess,Kate Doolan

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803285973

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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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.

Into That Silent Sea

Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965

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Author: Francis French,Colin Burgess

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803226395

Category: Science

Page: 407

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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.

Footprints in the Dust

The Epic Voyages of Apollo, 1969-1975

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Author: Colin Burgess

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803226659

Category: History

Page: 480

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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.

Quest

The History of Spaceflight Magazine

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Space flight

Page: N.A

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To a Distant Day

The Rocket Pioneers

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Author: Chris Gainor

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 236

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“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.

Public Library Core Collection

A Selection Guide to Reference Books and Adult Nonfiction. Nonfiction

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Author: John Greenfieldt,Patrice Bartell

Publisher: Hw Wilson Co

ISBN: 9780824210946

Category: Public libraries

Page: 1856

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Homesteading Space

The Skylab Story

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

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 520

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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.

Idea Man

Die Autobiografie des Microsoft-Mitgründers

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Author: Paul Allen

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 3593412527

Category: Social Science

Page: 430

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Paul Allens Ideen begründeten einen Weltkonzern. Gemeinsam mit Bill Gates schuf er 1975 Microsoft. Der Erfolg des Softwarekonzerns beruht vor allem auf Allens einmaligem Gespür für technologische Trends. In seiner Autobiografie erzählt er zum ersten Mal die faszinierende Geschichte der Unternehmensgründung und seiner schwierigen Freundschaft mit Bill Gates. Ungeschminkt berichtet er von seinen Kämpfen mit Gates und seinem Abgang Anfang der achtziger Jahre, nachdem Gates mehrfach sein Vertrauen gebrochen hatte. Doch auch nach seinem Abschied von Microsoft blieb Allen als erfolgreicher Investor und technologischer Pionier aktiv. Es ist das faszinierende Porträt eines der reichsten Männer der Welt, eines technologischen Genies und begnadeten Geschäftsmanns.

Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen

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Author: Hermann Oberth

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3486747126

Category: Science

Page: 106

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Hermann Oberth gilt als einer der bedeutendsten Pioniere der Raketentechnik. Visionär waren nicht nur seine umfassende, akribische Untersuchung und Optimierung aller denkbaren Raketenparamter, sondern auch seine Vorschläge zur Raketeninstrumentierung für bemannte und wissenschaftliche Missionen sowie Ideen für Start- und Testanlagen. Die Neuauflage ermöglicht es, die Realisierung von Oberth's "Traum" nachzuvollziehen und mit der heutigen Raumfahrtrealität abzugleichen. Reprint der 5. Auflage von 1984

First Moon

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Author: Joe Wight

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783899083521

Category:

Page: 64

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Die großen Fragen - Physik

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Author: Michael Brooks

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3827426227

Category: Science

Page: 203

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Die großen Fragen behandeln grundlegende Probleme und Konzepte in Wissenschaft und Philosophie, die Forscher und Denker seit jeher umtreiben. Anspruch der ambitionierten Reihe ist es, die Antworten auf diese Fragen zu präsentieren und damit die wichtigsten Gedanken der Menschheit in einzigartigen Übersichten zu bündeln. Im vorliegenden Band Physik beleuchtet Michael Brooks die oft verwirrenden Fragen dieser Disziplin, sei es zu Quantenphysik, Relativität oder der Natur der Realität. Die großen Fragen sind: Wozu ist Physik da?, Was ist Zeit?, Was geschah mit Schrödingers Katze?, Warum fällt der Apfel nach unten?, Sind feste Stoffe wirklich fest?, Warum gibt es nichts umsonst?, Ist letztlich alles Zufall?, Was ist Gottes Teilchen?, Bin ich einmalig?, Können wir durch die Zeit reisen?, Wird das Erdmagnetfeld verschwinden?, Warum ist E gleich mc2?, Verändert ein Blick das Universum?, Ist Chaos gleich Katastrophe?, Was ist Licht?, Geht es in der Stringtheorie um Bindfäden?, Warum gibt es überhaupt etwas?, Leben wir in einer Simulation?, Welche ist die stärkste Naturkraft?, Was ist das wahre Wesen der Realität?

Die kosmische Doktrin

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Author: Dion Fortune

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783937392073

Category:

Page: 320

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Vor zweiundsiebzig Jahren fand in Glastonbury zu Beginn der Frühlingsäquinoktien ein bemerkenswertes Ereignis statt. Fast ein Jahr lang empfing Dion Fortune von den inneren Ebenen Mitteilungen über die Erschaffung des Universums, die später zu einem Klassiker wurden. Die kosmische Doktrin blieb bis 1949 ein streng gehütetes Geheimnis, als für einen kleinen Kreis eine privat gedruckte Version herauskam, da Dion Fortunes Nachfolger das Original als "ein höchst gefährliches Buch" ansah. Es ist jetzt zum ersten Mal vollständig im Originaltext in dieser maßgeblichen Ausgabe erhältlich. Dieser Gesamttext untersucht das Niemandsland, in dem Wissenschaft und Magie sich begegnen. Die Kosmologie des "Big Bang" und die Chaostheorie laufen parallel zu dem evolutionären Prozeß. Jeder menschliche Geist lernt die Lektionen freiwillig und erwirbt die Erfahrungen, die mit dem physischen Universum zusammenhängen. Neben der Erschaffung des Universums und der Evolution der Menschheit lehrt Die kosmische Doktrin vieles über die Naturgesetze, die Evolution des Bewußtseins und das Wesen des Denkens. Das Buch ist mit Diagrammen von einem der engsten Mitarbeiter Dion Fortunes illustriert.

Physik des erdnahen Weltraums

Eine Einführung

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Author: Gerd Prölss

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3642188079

Category: Science

Page: 529

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Dieses Buch, das in die Gebiete, Methoden und Ergebnisse der Extraterrestrischen Physik einführen möchte, wendet sich an ein relativ breites Publikum. Vorausgesetzt werden lediglich Grundkenntnisse der Mathematik und Physik, wie sie in den ersten Semestern eines natur- oder ingenieurwissenschaftlichen Studiums erworben werden. Spezielleres Wissen wird im Zusammenhang mit dem jeweils betrachteten Phänomen abgeleitet. Es eignet sich daher sowohl zum Selbststudium für Quereinsteiger als auch vorlesungsbegleitend für alle Studentent der Fachrichtungen Physik, Geophysik, Meteorologie und Astronomie.

Die Sonne, Stern unserer Erde

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Author: Kenneth R. Lang

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783662066836

Category: Physical geography

Page: N.A

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Dieses reich bebilderte Buch gibt eine Einführung in die Physik der Sonne und ihre Bedeutung für die Erde. Gestützt auf neueste Forschungsergebnisse aus Radioteleskop- und Satellitenbeobachtungen beschreibt der Autor die gewaltigen atomenergetischen Prozesse der Sonne, ihren geheimnisvollen Neutrinofluß, ihre seismischen Aktivitäten, Magnetfelder und Sonnenflecke, Korona, Sonnenausbrüche und Protuberanzen, den Sonnenwind, und die außerordentlich wichtige und vielfältige Bedeutung des Sonnenlichts, das Leben auf der Erde entstehen läßt und es auch gefährdet. Gut verständlich und in ansprechender Sprache geschrieben ist es ein wunderbares Buch für den Leser populärwissenschaftlicher Literatur, ein wertvolles Geschenk für Studenten der Astronomie und verwandter Disziplinen sowie Amateurastronomen.