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United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration History Office

Works: 151 works in 250 publications in 1 language and 19,664 library holdings
Genres: History  Periodicals  Biography  Interviews  Conference proceedings  Chronology  Abstracts 
Classifications: TL789.8.U6, 629.4540973
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America in space : NASA's first fifty years ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A visual history of NASA's many achievements in manned and unmanned space travel, written by a team of experienced NASA staffers and illustrated with more than 400 images, many of which are previously unpublished photographs from NASA archives. The story of America's Space Age begins in the 1950s with intrepid test pilots venturing ever faster and higher, and opens out into the now-legendary Mercury and Apollo missions of the 1960s that made astronauts into national heroes. The Space Shuttle era shows us what everyday space travel might look like, while grand vistas of the universe expand our sense of wonder. The large format of the book captures both the human drama and the vast scale of NASA's projects.--From publisher description
Astronautics and aeronautics ( )
in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Together in orbit : the origins of international participation in the space station by John M Logsdon ( Book )
6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Before this decade is out--" : personal reflections on the Apollo Program ( Book )
5 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
These oral histories by major participants in the Apollo program relive the events that culminated in the 1969 moon landing. Recollections of 14 participants include comments by NASA administrators James Webb and Thomas O. Paine; Wernher von Braun, architect of the Saturn V rocket; and astronauts Harrison Schmitt and Charles Duke. 69 black-and-white illustrations
From engineering science to big science : the NACA and NASA Collier Trophy research project winners by Pamela Etter Mack ( Book )
4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Within a short time of the first flight of the Wright brothers in 1903, the United States government recognized the importance of fostering development in the new and critical field of aeronautics. NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), was chartered by Congress in 1915 specifically "to supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight, with a view to their practical solution". This became an increasingly important government research and development (R & D) activity for the next half century. The results of the NACA's research appeared in more than 16 000 research reports of one type or another, and many are still being used today. Since the creation of NASA in 1958, this critical aerospace R & D function has continued. "From engineering science to big science" consists of essays on individual aerospace R & D projects throughout the history of both the NACA and NASA. These R & D projects are unified by the fact that each received the coveted Robert J. Collier Trophy for their numerous advances in the performance, efficiency, or safety of flying vehicles. Throughout the life of the NACA and NASA the agency or its personnel have received awards, i.e., the NACA Engine Cowling in 1929, in addition to four awards by 1954, and fourteen awards for R & D since the NASA establishment
The history of the XV-15 tilt rotor research aircraft : from concept to flight by Martin D Maisel ( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beskriver det amerikanske forsøgsprojekt med en Tilt Rotor på en flyvemaskine
Beyond the ionosphere : fifty years of satellite communication by Andrew J Butrica ( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Fifty years after the founding of NASA, from 28 to 29 October 2008, the NASA History Division convened a conference whose purpose was a scholarly analysis of NASA's first 50 years. Over two days at NASA Headquarters, historians and policy analysts discussed NASA's role in aeronautics, human spaceflight, exploration, space science, life science, and Earth science, as well as crosscutting themes ranging from space access to international relations in space and NASA's interaction with the public. The speakers were asked to keep in mind the following questions: What are the lessons learned from the first 50 years? What is NASA's role in American culture and in the history of exploration and discovery? What if there had never been a NASA? Based on the past, does NASA have a future? The results of those papers, elaborated and fully referenced, are found in this 50th anniversary volume."--Introduction
Airborne trailblazer by Lane E Wallace ( Book )
3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book is the story of a very unique airplane and the contributions it has made to the air transportation industry. NASA's Boeing 737-100 Transport Systems Research Vehicle was the prototype 737, acquired by the Langley Research Center in 1974 to conduct research into advanced transport aircraft technologies. In the twenty years that followed, the airplane participated in more than twenty different research projects, evolving from a research tool for a specific NASA program into a national airborne research facility. It played a critical role in developing and gaining acceptance for numerous significant transport technologies, including "glass cockpits," airborne windshear detection systems, data link for air traffic control communications, the microwave landing system, and the satellite-based global positioning system (GPS). Since the airplane played a role in such a wide variety of research programs, its story also provides an enlightening study of the many factors that influence the selection, development, and application of new technologies
Walking to Olympus : an EVA chronology by David S. F Portree ( Book )
4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"One of the most significant activities conducted in space takes place when human beings depart their spacecraft and travel about and perform work in a spacesuit. Extravehicular activities (EVA) require some of the most complex technical skills, sophisticated technologies, and human capabilities of all missions undertaken in space. The first of these EVAs took place on 18 March 1965 during the Soviet Union's Voskhod 2 orbital mission when cosmonaut Alexei Leonov first departed the spacecraft in Earth orbit to test the concept. In June of 1965, during the flight of Gemini 4, Edward White II, performed the first EVA by an American."--Foreward
The space shuttle decision : NASA's search for a reusable space vehicle by T. A Heppenheimer ( Book )
4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Long before the NASA was the throes of planning for the Apollo voyages to the Moon, many people had seen the need for a vehicle that could access space routinely. The idea of a reusable space shuttle dates at least to the theoretical rocketplane studies of the 1930s, but by the 1950s it had become an integral part of a master plan for space exploration. The goal of efficient access to space in a heavy-lift booster prompted NASA's commitment to the space shuttle as the vehicle to continue human space flight. By the mid-1960s, NASA engineers concluded that the necessary technology was within reach to enable the creation of a reusable winged space vehicle that could haul scientific and applications satellites of all types into orbit for all users. President Richard M. Nixon approved the effort to build the shuttle in 1972 and the first orbital flight took place in 1981. Although the development program was risky, a talented group of scientists and engineers worked to create this unique space vehicle and their efforts were largely successful. Since 1981, the various orbiters -Atlantis, Columbia, Discovery, Endeavour, and Challenger (lost in 1986 during the only Space Shuttle accident)- have made early 100 flights into space. Through 1998, the space shuttle has carried more than 800 major scientific and technological payloads into orbit and its astronaut crews have conducted more than 50 extravehicular activities, including repairing satellites and the initial building of the International Space Station. The shuttle remains the only vehicle in the world with the dual ability to deliver and return large payloads to and from orbit, and is also the world's most reliable launch system. The design, now almost three decades old, is still state-of-the-art in many areas, including computerized flight control, airframe design, electrical power systems, thermal protection system, and main engines. This significant new study of the decision to build the space shuttle explains the shuttle's origin and early development. In addition to internal NASA discussions, this work details the debates in the late 1960s and early 1970s among policymakers in Congress, the Air Force, and the Office of Management and Budget over the roles and technical designs of the shuttle. Examining the interplay of these organizations with sometimes conflicting goals, the author not only explains how the world's premier space launch vehicle came into being, but also how politics can interact with science, technology, national security, and economics in national government
Stages to Saturn : a technological history of the Apollo/Saturn launch vehicles by Roger E Bilstein ( Book )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A classic study of the development of the Saturn launch vehicle that took Americans to the moon in the 1960s"-back cover
Dreams, hopes, realities : NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center : the first forty years by Lane E Wallace ( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Way station to space : a history of the John C. Stennis Space Center by Mack R Herring ( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Realizing the dream of flight : biographical essays in honor of the centennial of flight, 1903-2003 by Virginia P Dawson ( Book )
3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Toward Mach 2 : the Douglas D-558 program ( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
William H. Pickering America's deep space pioneer by Douglas J Mudgway ( )
2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"More than any other individual Bill Pickering was responsible for America's success in exploring the planets, an endeavor that demanded vision, courage, dedication, expertise, and the ability to inspire two generations of scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory."-back cover
Taming liquid hydrogen : the Centaur upper stage rocket, 1958-2002 by Virginia P Dawson ( Book )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The book focuses on technical and political hurdles that Centaur faced over the three decades that it was managed by NASA Lewis Research Center
Legislative origins of the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 : proceedings of an oral history workshop : conducted April 3, 1992 : moderated by John M. Logsdon ( Book )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This new ocean : a history of Project Mercury by Loyd S Swenson ( Book )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Features the full text of "This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury," by Loyd S. Swenson, Jr., James M. Grimwood, and Charles C. Alexander and published by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Discusses the history of Project Mercury, the first American manned spaceflight program
Atmosphere of freedom : sixty years at the NASA Ames Research Center by Glenn E Bugos ( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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