The Birth of NASA: The Work of the Space Task Group, America's First True Space Pioneers
This is the story of the work of the original NASA space pioneers; men and women who were suddenly organized in 1958 from the then National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) into the Space Task Group. A relatively small group, they developed the initial mission concept plans and procedures for the U. S. space program. Then they boldly built hardware and facilities to accomplish those missions. The group existed only three years before they were transferred to the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, in 1962, but their organization left a large mark on what would follow.Von Ehrenfried's personal experience with the STG at Langley uniquely positions him to describe the way the group was structured and how it reacted to the new demands of a post-Sputnik era. He artfully analyzes how the growing space program was managed and what techniques enabled it to develop so quickly from an operations perspective. The result is a fascinating window into history, amply backed up by first person documentation and interviews.
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Creating the Space Team
Appendix 1 STG Organization Lists Charts and Manning
Appendix 2 Biographies
Appendix 3 STG Technology
Appendix 4 Some Photos
Appendix 5 Quotes
Appendix 6 Stories and Trivia
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