Wings in Orbit: Scientific and Engineering Legacies of the Space Shuttle 1971-2010 (Hardcover)

Wings in Orbit: Scientific and Engineering Legacies of the Space Shuttle 1971-2010 (Hardcover)
Wings in Orbit: Scientific and Engineering Legacies of the Space Shuttle 1971-2010 (Hardcover)
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Wings in Orbit is an authoritative documentation of the many accomplishments of the NASA Space Shuttle Program. Starting with a foreword written by astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen, this compelling book provides accurate, authentic and easily understood accounts from NASA’s best subject matter experts and external resources. The book captures the passion of those who devoted their energies to the Program’s success for more than three decades. It focuses on their science and engineering accomplishments, the rich history of the program and the shuttle as an icon in U.S. history. No other book on the market has accumulated as many experts and resources on this subject nor broken it down in such easy to understand language with compelling imagery. With the Shuttle Program coming to a close, consumers will be inclined to purchase this book as it provides comprehensive information on this historic program as it ends its 30 year run.


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Table of Contents

ii Editorial Board
iii Dedication
iv Foreword—John Young and Robert Crippen
v Preface and Acknowledgments
vi Table of Contents
ix Poem—Witnessing the Launch of the Shuttle Atlantis
xi Introduction—Charles Bolden
1 Magnificent Flying Machine—
A Cathedral to Technology
11 The Historical Legacy
12 Major Milestones
32 The Accidents: A Nation’s Tragedy, NASA’s Challenge
42 National Security
53 The Space Shuttle and its Operations
54 The Space Shuttle
74 Processing the Shuttle for Flight
94 Flight Operations
110 Extravehicular Activity Operations and Advancements
130 Shuttle Builds the International Space Station
157 Engineering Innovations
158 Propulsion
182 Thermal Protection Systems
200 Materials and Manufacturing
226 Aerodynamics and Flight Dynamics
242 Avionics, Navigation, and Instrumentation
256 Software
270 Structural Design
286 Robotics and Automation
302 Systems Engineering for Life Cycle
of Complex Systems
Legacy of the Space Shuttle Program vii
draft 10/19/10
319 Major Scientific Discoveries
320 The Space Shuttle and Great Observatories
344 Atmospheric Observations
and Earth Imaging
360 Mapping the Earth: Radars and Topography
370 Astronaut Health and Performance
408 The Space Shuttle: A Platform That Expanded
the Frontiers of Biology
420 Microgravity Research in the Space Shuttle Era
444 Space Environments
459 Social, Cultural, and Educational Legacies
460 NASA Reflects America’s Changing Opportunities;
NASA Impacts US Culture
470 Education: Inspiring Students as Only NASA Can
485 Industries and Spin-offs
497 The Shuttle Continuum, Role of Human Spaceflight
499 President George H.W. Bush
500 Pam Leestma and Neme Alperstein
Elementary School Teachers
502 Norman Augustine
Former President and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation
504 John Logsdon
Former Director of Space Policy Institute, Georgetown University
506 Canadian Space Agency
509 General John Dailey
Director of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
510 Leah Jamieson
John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering,
Purdue University
512 Michael Griffin
Former NASA Administrator
517 Appendix
518 Flight Information
XXX Program Managers/Acknowledgments
XXX Suggested Readings
XXX Glossary and Acronyms
XXX Contributors’ Biographies
XXX Index


Scientists, engineers, and anyone interested in the history of NASA and the Space Shuttle Program would enjoy this publication.


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Steve W. wrote: "'Wings in Orbit' is one book every space buff must have in their collection."

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