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Space Exploration

The Birth of NASA

The Work of the Space Task Group, America's First True Space Pioneers

Editors: von Ehrenfried, Manfred "Dutch" (Ed.)

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  • Based on heavy use of first person interviews and written by an original member of the Space Task Group
  • Offers insight into the climate that led to the creation of the STG and the way management solved problems
  • Puts into context the shock waves that Sputnik produced and explains how the Russian achievements motivated American gains
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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.

About the authors

Dutch Von Ehrenfried has worked in both the space flight and aviation fields for about 25 years. He was a NASA Flight Controller in Mission Control for Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Missions and also worked on some of the experiments that went into Skylab from an Earth Resources experiment standpoint. He has also worked in the NASA Headquarters Space Station Program Office for about 10 years and the FAA Aviation Safety Office for a year.

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“This work lets one go behind the scenes of the creation of one of the most innovative and awe-inspiring agencies of the American government. … a reference work that tells a story, as well as a story that can double as a reference work. … Researchers will enjoy the data, which can be accessed via a well-organized table of contents, a comprehensive index, and multiple appendixes. Any space enthusiast will be intrigued by this work. … Summing Up: Recommended.” (R. I. Saltz, Choice, Vol. 54 (2), October, 2016)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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eBook $39.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-28428-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-28426-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Birth of NASA
Book Subtitle
The Work of the Space Task Group, America's First True Space Pioneers
Editors
  • Manfred "Dutch" von Ehrenfried
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-28428-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-28428-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-28426-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 358
Number of Illustrations
109 b/w illustrations, 48 illustrations in colour
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