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Space shuttle legacy : how we did it and what we learned  Cover Image Book Book

Space shuttle legacy : how we did it and what we learned / Roger D. Launius, Smithsonian Institution, John Krige, Georgia Institute of Technology, James I. Craig, Georgia Institute of Technology ; Ned Allen, editor-in-chief, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland.

Launius, Roger D. (Author). Krige, John. (Added Author). Craig, James I. (Added Author). Allen, Ned. (Added Author).


"This book, more than any other, distills and captures the historical essence of the Space Shuttle program from its post-Apollo inception to its winding down and retirement in 2011. The Shuttle program is the single most significant, and among the most inspirational, science and technology programs in human history to date. ... [The authors] assess the program's historic impact upon our technoculture as the world's premiere "big science" and "high technology" program, both in terms of its stunning and unique benefits and its immeasurable and troubling opportunity costs - both inspirational and practical."--P. vii.

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  • ISBN: 9781624102165 (alkaline paper)
  • ISBN: 1624102166 (alkaline paper)
  • Physical Description: xxxiv, 375 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: Reston, Virginia : American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., [2013]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Defining the shuttle : the spaceplane tradition / Roger D. Launius -- Designing the shuttle : living within the political system / Roger D. Launius -- Managing the space shuttle : leadership, change, and big technology / W. Henry Lambright -- Engineering the engine : the space shuttle main engine / R.E. Biggs -- Protecting the body : the orbiter's thermal protection system / Dennis R. Jenkins -- Revolutionizing electronics : software and the challenge of flight control / Nancy G. Leveson -- Flying the shuttle : operations from preparation through flight to recovery / N. Wayne Hale -- Using the shuttle : operations on orbit / Matthew H. Hersch -- Losing the shuttle (or nearly) : accidents and anomalies / Stephen P. Waring -- Constructing a port in orbit : the space shuttle and building the space station / Howard E. McCurdy -- A victory for clean interfaces : Europe's participation in the Space Shuttle Program / John Krige -- Living and working on the shuttle : the challenge of routine / Amy E. Foster -- Wowing the public : the shuttle as a cultural icon / Linda Billings -- Retiring the space shuttle : what next? / John M. Logsdon -- Epilogue / John Krige.
Subject: Space Shuttle Program (U.S.) > History.
Space shuttles > United States > History.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.


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