Lunar and Planetary Rovers: The Wheels of Apollo and the Quest for Mars (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 5, 2007 - Science - 306 pages
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This book fills a need for a complete history of the Lunar Roving Vehicle used on Apollo 15, 16 and 17, drawing on many photographs never before published. It also tells the story of the robotic rovers used on Mars, and concludes with a description of the new designs of rovers planned for The New Vision for Exploration now underway at NASA. The book provides extensive quotes from the astronauts who drove the LRV on the Moon from interviews conducted especially for the book. It also details new material from interviews of engineers and managers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory covering the robotic rovers, Sojourner, Sprit and Opportunity.

  

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Contents

From concept to reality
1
SPUTNIK AND PROJECT HORIZON
2
LUNAR MOBILITY STUDIES AT MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER
3
THE LUNAR EXPLORATION AND SCIENCE CONFERENCES OF 1965 AND 1967
9
THE LUNAR ROVING VEHICLE WINS THE MOBILITY DEBATE
11
THE LUNAR ROVING VEHICLE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
15
THE BOEINGMARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER COLLABORATION
19
A SPACECRAFT WITHOUT PRECEDENT
21
Destiny at TaurusLittrow
163
APOLLO 17 CREW SELECTION
165
APOLLO 17 LANDING SITE SELECTION
166
MISSION AND EVA TRAVERSE PLANNING
168
PRELAUNCH ACTIVITIES
171
THE NIGHT LAUNCH OF APOLLO 17
173
LANDING AT TAURUSLITTROW
174
AN EVENTFUL DAY
176

1970
23
The Lunar Roving Vehicle subsystems
29
A wheel like no other
33
CREW STATION SUBSYSTEM
39
NAVIGATION SUBSYSTEM
41
ELECTRICAL POWER SUBSYSTEM
43
THERMAL CONTROL SUBSYSTEM
44
COMMUNICATIONS SUBSYSTEM
48
STOWAGE AND DEPLOYMENT SUBSYSTEM
51
LRV BOUND FOR THE MOON WITH APOLLO 15
55
Training for the Moon
57
LUNAR VEHICLE TESTING AT THE USGS
62
A scratchbuilt trainer
65
TRAVERSE PLANNING AND MISSION GEOLOGIC TRAINING FOR THE JMISSIONS
68
Teaching the astronauts to be geologists
71
ENGINEERING THE 1G LRV TRAINER
75
TRAINING AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER FLORIDA
77
TRAINING AT THE MANNED SPACECRAFT CENTER HOUSTON TEXAS
79
VISUAL SIMULATION TRAINING AT MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER
82
TRAINING AN ASTRONAUTS WAY OF LIFE
84
To the Hadley Plains
85
THE LANDING SITE MISSION RULES AND LUNAR SCIENCE
89
Meticulous planning
91
LRV CLOSEOUT
95
LAUNCH DAY 26 JULY 1971
96
RENDEZVOUS WITH THE MOON
98
THE STANDUPEVA
100
Learning to drive on the Moon
102
Returning to the Lunar Module
109
EXPLORING THE APENNINE FRONT
112
Station 6 and 6A
114
A spectacular discovery at Station 7
117
Closeout of EVA2
118
RECOVERING THE DEEPCORE SAMPLE AND RETURNING TO THE RILLE
119
The first Lunar Grand Prix
120
Exploring Hadley Rille
121
Closing out EVA3
123
RETURN AND SPLASHDOWN
125
Reentry and Return to Earth
127
Mysterious and unknown Descartes
129
LANDING SITE SELECTION MISSION PLANNING AND PRELAUNCH ACTIVITIES
132
Descartes is selected
134
LAUNCH DAY
136
GO OR NO GO
138
Down among the rocks
139
TO PLUM AND BUSTER CRATERS
141
The largest rock sample ever collected
144
The second Lunar Grand Prix
146
SOUTH TO STONE MOUNTAIN
147
Losing the fender extension
149
Lunar dust problems
152
NORTH RAY CRATER HOUSE ROCK AND SHADOW ROCK
155
Its further away than you think
157
LEAVING DESCARTES FOR HOME
160
A safe return
161
A fender crisis averted
178
On to Station 1
182
The lunar dust problem returns
184
Back inside Challenger
187
SOLVING THE FENDER PROBLEM AND CRATER EXPLORATION
189
Towards the South Massif
191
Unexpected discoveries
193
Closeout of EVA2
196
THE LAST DAY ON THE MOON
199
The Sculptured Hills
202
Van Serg Crater
203
The era of lunar exploration draws to a close
205
RETURNING HOME
207
The quest for Mars
209
PATHFINDER AND SOJOURNER
212
Rover designs evolve
214
Pathfinder and Sojourner design
216
On to Mars
218
First wheels on Martian soil
220
DISASTER STRIKES THE MARS EXPLORATION PROGRAM
224
MARS EXPLORATION ROVERS SPIRIT AND OPPORTUNITY
225
Success under pressure
226
MER from the ground up and inside out
228
The EDL system and lander
230
Race to the Cape
232
THE MARS EXPLORATION ROVERS BEGIN THEIR MISSION
233
Spirit explores Gusev Crater
235
Opportunity explores Meridiani Planum
239
MARS SCIENCE LABORATORY
243
The Mars Science Laboratory Mast Camera MastCam
245
Mars Hand Lens Imager MAHLI
246
Radiation Assessment Detector RAD
247
THE MSL ROVER CONFIGURATION
248
Launch vehicle and spacecraft
249
Landing site selection
250
THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE AND LIFE ON EARTH
251
The Vision for Space Exploration
253
POSTAPOLLO PROPOSALS FOR AMERICAS FUTURE IN SPACE
254
Leadership and Americas Future in Space
255
The Space Exploration Initiative
258
America at the Threshold
259
Patience and persistence
262
THE VISION FOR SPACE EXPLORATION
265
From vision to reality
267
LUNAR AND MARTIAN ROVER PLANNING FOR THE VSE
271
Pressurized or unpressurized rovers?
273
Field testing new technologies
274
The Exploration Systems Architectural Study
277
SPACE EXPLORATION AND NATIONAL LEADERSHIP
280
planetary rover missions
282
The Lunokhods Russias marvelous robotic rovers
292
Bibliography
294
Index
300
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