The Complete Idiot's Guide to NASA

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Penguin, Jan 1, 2002 - Technology & Engineering - 335 pages
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Coverage includes: the history of NASA, from its origins in the l950s as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Projects Mercury and Gemini; the history and timeline, triumphs and tragedies of the famed Apollo missions, including the historic Apollo 11, which put the first men on the Moon in l969; NASA's contributions to our everyday life, most notably on robotics and the creation of cutting-edge research on aerodynamics and chapters on important NASA discoveries: the Pioneer and Voyager Spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope, communications satellites such as the Echo, Telstar, and Syncom.
  

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Contents

My Adventures in Space
3
Back to Earth
5
STS68
6
Anatomy of My Space Suit
7
STS80
8
No Ifs Ands ORFEUSSPAS
9
IMAPS
10
Some Like It Hot
11
Gemini XIIs FiveHour Space Walk
157
Bodily Changes
158
Scouting the Solar System
161
RedPlanet Reconnaissance
162
Pictures of Mars
163
Mariners 6 and 7
164
Mariner 10 Heads Sunward
165
Live from the Moon
166

Wakeshield Facility
12
Using a Robot Arm in Orbit
13
Three Space Walks
14
Delayed Landing
15
Oh All Right Heres How We Go to the Bathroom
16
NASA Today Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe
17
Mercury and Gemini
18
Space Shuttle
19
Advance Space Transportation
20
Programs
21
Distance Learning Expeditions
22
What Makes a Rocket Go Up?
25
First Rocketeer
26
How a Rocket Works
27
Built in Stages
28
Why Objects Go into Orbit
29
Size of Payload
30
The Founding Fathers of Space Travel
31
Russian Prophet
32
The Chief Designer of the Russian Space Program
33
Theodore von Karman and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
34
So You Want to Be an Astronaut?
35
Minimum Requirements
36
Education Requirements
37
For a WellGrounded Career
39
Math
40
Space Cowboys Cowgirls and the Final Frontier
41
Visiting NASA Yall Com? On Down Hear?
43
What to See
44
See a Launch
46
Astronaut Hall of Fame
47
Cape Canaveral
48
Ames Research Center
49
Marshall Space Flight Center
50
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
51
Goddard Space Flight Center
52
The Early Days
53
Wernher von Braun and Early US Rockets
55
Son of a Baron
56
Dornberqers Role
57
Operation Paperclip
58
First US Efforts
59
Titan and Thor
61
Titans Today
62
Delivering an HBomb Reliably to a Target
63
Russia First Out of the Space Gate
65
Starting Gun of the Space Race
66
K9 Adventure
67
Introduction to Outer Space
68
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
69
Early Frustrations Project Kaboom AKA Vanguard
71
Designed by Rube Goldberg
72
First Attempt Explodes on Launch Pad
73
March 17 1958
74
Explorer and Pioneer
77
The Pioneer Program
78
Still Cant Break Free
79
Maps Interplanetary Magnetic Field
80
Saturn Has a Nice Ring to It
81
Venus Multiprobe
82
Early Communications and Weather Satellites
85
SCORE
86
Syncom
87
Telstar
89
Photos of an Entire Hemisphere
91
Landsat
92
The Delta Rocket
93
Humans in Space
95
Catching Up Yuri Gagarin Alan Shepard and Project Mercury
97
The Curvature of the Earth
98
Tumbling Home
99
Project Mercury
100
The Mercury 7
101
The Flight of Ham
102
A Cannon Shot Downrange
103
What a Beautiful View
105
President Kennedys Promise
107
Liberty Bell 7
108
How Was Liberty Bell 7 Unlike Ivory Soap?
110
Around the World in 90 Minutes Astronauts in Orbit
111
The Luminous Particles
112
The Burning Retropack
113
Nation Holds Its Breath
114
Record Amount of Tickertape
115
The Bubble Bursts
116
Tense ReEntry Redux
117
Near Perfection
119
Russians Still Winning the Space Race
121
A Lengthier Stay in Space
122
Are There UFOs in Space?
124
From Blecch to Yum History of Space Food
127
Of Course John Glenn Was First
128
Gourmet Menus
129
Pop Tops and Magnets
130
Planning the Menu
131
Preparing the Meal
132
Food Stories to Chew On
133
The Astronauts Nutritional Needs
135
Two Heads Are Better Than One Project Gemini
137
New Features of the Gemini
138
The Molly Brown
139
Smuggled Corned Beef
140
These Boots Are Made for Walkin
141
Steppin Out
142
Special Suit
143
Rendezvous Practice
144
The Benefits of Training
145
Endurance Test
146
The Mission That Almost Wasnt
147
Fortnight in Space
148
Ironing Out Geminis Bugs
151
First Docking
152
A Tragic Revamping
153
An Angry Alligator
154
Gemini X
155
Gemini XI
156
Lunar Orbiters and Surveyors
167
Exploring the Surface of Mars
168
Voyager
169
Moonwalkin
171
Early Apollo Missions
173
Direct Ascent
174
Disaster at Pad 34
175
A Foul Odor
176
Fire in the cockpit
177
Panel Investigates
178
Apollo 7 First US ThreeMan Crew
179
First Live TV
180
Christmas at the Moon
181
First Men to Leave Earth Orbit
182
Apollo Hardware
185
The Saturn V Rocket
186
First Flight of the Saturn V
187
Parts of the Saturn V Rocket
188
Docking with the LM
189
Like Throwing a Pass
190
Apollo 10
191
Simulation of the Landing to Come
192
Smooth Return
193
First Steps Footprints for Eternity
195
The Historic Voyage Begins
196
Too Many Things That Can Go Wrong
197
The Eagle Has Landed
199
One Small Step
201
Historic Phone Call
203
LiftOff from the Moon
204
Return Nome
205
Fear of Moon Germs
206
Apollo 12
207
CleanUp Crew
208
Houston Solves a Problem
211
Houston Weve Had a Problem
212
A PlaybyPlay Account
213
Short Circuit
214
Making It Up as They Went
215
The SlimFast Method
216
Nixon Proclaims Success
218
Dune Buggies Golf Clubs and Especially Moon Rocks
219
The Happy Wanderers
221
First Use of the Lunar Rover
223
Navigation
224
Apollo 17
227
Getting Beneath the Surface
228
After the Moon
231
Skylab and Space Detente
233
A Look at Skylab
234
Skylab 2
235
Docked for 59 Days
236
AllRookie Mission
238
Skylabs End
239
Deke Gets His Chance
241
Launches Like a Rocket Lands Like a Plane The Space Shuttle
243
How the Space Shuttle Works
244
STS1
246
Columbia STS2
247
Testing of Alternate Landing Site
248
A Job for the Pentagon
249
First Flight of Challenger
250
First African American in Space
252
Loss of Challenger
255
How It Happened
256
A Steady Plume of Flame
257
History of Challenger
259
Becoming Operational
260
Safety Is Always 1
261
Return to Flight
263
Back to the Planets
264
Galileo
265
Ulysses
266
Two Great Observatories
267
John Glenns Return to Space
268
Politicians in Space
269
Tourist in Space
270
The International Space StationCall Sign Alpha
273
Russian Partnership
274
Sunrise Unity and Star
275
Politics
276
Cooperation
277
Progress Cargo Ship
278
Destiny in Space
279
New Airlock
280
The Alligator and the Snake
281
Tough Duty
282
How a Space Mission Gets Off the Ground
285
Flight Design
286
Mission Integration
287
Crew Assignment
288
Mission Operations
289
Simulations
290
Flight Readiness Review
291
Revealing the Planets Todays Robotic Explorers
293
Hubble Space Telescope
294
Back to the Moon
295
Cassini Mission to Saturn and Titan
296
Mission to Jupiter
297
Mars Pathfinder 1997
298
Mars Climate Orbiter and Mars Polar Lander
299
Mars Odyssey
300
Catching a Piece of the Sun
301
Our Future in Space
303
Return to the Moon?
304
Visiting Asteroids
305
Should We Go to Mars?
307
Spartan Approach
308
Other Solar Systems
309
Searching for the Origin of the Universe
310
Types of Human Spaceflight
311
Suggested Reading
313
Glossary
315
Index
321
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Robert F. Dorr is an air force veteran (Korea, 1957 1960) and the author of sixty books. He has written thousands of articles for publications like Air and Space Smithsonian, Flight Journal, Air Forces Monthly, Air Power History, Aerospace America, and Air Force Times. Dorr lives with his family in Oakton, Virginia.

Michael Benson is the author of over 15 books, including co-authoring The Complete Idiot's Guide to NASA (with Thomas Jones), and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Submarines (with Michael DeMercurio).

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