NASA's First 50 Years
On 29 July 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which became operational on 1 October of that year. Over the next 50 years, NASA achieved a set of spectacular feats, ranging from advancingMore »
On 29 July 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which became operational on 1 October of that year. Over the next 50 years, NASA achieved a set of spectacular feats, ranging from advancing the well-established field of aeronautics to pioneering the new fields of Earth and space science and human spaceflight. In the midst of the geopolitical context of the Cold War, 12 Americans walked on the Moon, arriving in peace "for all mankind." Humans saw their home planet from a new perspective, with unforgettable Apollo images of Earthrise and the "Blue Marble," as well as the "pale blue dot" from the edge of the solar system. A flotilla of spacecraft has studied Earth, while other spacecraft have probed the depths of the solar system and the universe beyond. In the 1980s, the evolution of aeronautics gave us the first winged human spacecraft, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station stands as a symbol of human cooperation in space as well as a possible way station to the stars. With the Apollo fire and two Space Shuttle accidents, NASA has also seen the depths of tragedy. In this volume, a wide array of scholars turn a critical eye toward NASA's first 50 years, probing an institution widely seen as the premier agency for exploration in the world, carrying on a long tradition of exploration by the United States and the human species in general. Fifty years after its founding, NASA finds itself at a crossroads that historical perspectives can only help to illuminate.« Less
"NASA 50th anniversary proceedings."
NASA at 50 / Michael D. Griffin
Inside NASA at 50 / Howard E. McCurdy
Imagining an aerospace agency in the atomic age / Robert R. MacGregor
Leading in space : 50 years of NASA administrators / W. Henry Lambright
Space access : NASA's role in developing core launch-vehicle technologies / J.D. Hunley
NASA's international relations in space : an historical overview / John Krige
Fifty years of NASA and the public : what NASA? what publics? / Linda Billings
NASA aeronautics : a half century of accomplishments / Anthony M. Springer
Evolution of aeronautics research at NASA / Robert G. Ferguson
The NACA, NASA, and the supersonic-hypersonic frontier / Richard P. Hallion
Fifty years of human spaceflight : why is there still a controversy? / John M. Logsdon
From the secret of Apollo to the lessons of failure : the uses and abuses of systems engineering and project management at NASA / Stephen B. Johnson
The "Von Braun paradigm" and NASA's long-term planning for human spaceflight / Michael J. Neufeld
Life sciences and human spaceflight / Maura Phillips Mackowski
Voyages to Mars / Laurence Bergreen
The space age and disciplinary change in astronomy / David DeVorkin
Planetary exploration in the inner solar system / Joseph N. Tatarewicz
NASA's voyages to the outer solar system / Michael Meltzer
Deep space navigation, planetary science, and astronomy : a synergetic relationship / Andrew J. Butrica
NASA's earth science program : the space agency's mission to our home planet / Edward S. Goldstein
Earth observations from space : achievements, challenges, and realities / James R. Fleming
Earth science and planetary science : a symbiotic relationship? / Erik Conway
Exploration, discovery, and culture : NASA's role in history / Steven J. Dick
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