US UK. Engineer, astronaut, and moonwalker, Young looks back over his participation in the space program, from the days of testing fighter jets in the s to the last space shuttle mission. He chronicles his first experience with leaking O-ring seals as the flaw that destroyed the space shuttle Challenger a test pilotsetting the stage for his continued obsession with flight safety and his guilt at not personally checking every aspect of the design for the Challenger.
Between these two events lay the heady early days of the astronaut program, Gemini missions, loops around the moon, and finally, landing there as leader of the Apollo 16 mission. While landing on the Moon was a noble goal proposed as early as by President Kennedy, NASA and the nation as a whole moved with urgency simply to best the Soviet Union, which had spent the s beating America to important space-related firsts, including launching the first satellite and cosmonaut in orbit.
Never before has the history of the Apollo Program been told like this. Author Sara Howard, herself one of the very rare women engineers on Apollo, takes the reader down from the Moon to the peons in the pits. She worked in Louisiana on the first stage of the Saturn V at the Michoud facility. Her first book is in the Smithsonian Library among others. This is her story before and after. Created as an aid for the astronauts training for Skylab missions, this Skylab Saturn IB Flight Manual is a comprehensive reference that contains descriptions of ground support interfaces, prelaunch operations, and emergency procedures.
It also summarizes mission variables and constraints, mission control monitoring and data flow during launch and flight. Launch vehicle SL-2 SA; first Skylab manned mission was used as the baseline for the manual, but the material is also representative of the SL-3 and SL-4 launch vehicles. From the adventurous astronauts to the scientists and engineers who designed and built the state-of-the-art spacecraft, Reynolds covers every aspect of this epic voyage.
Through concise description, he introduces the uninitiated to this thrilling episode in U.
This remarkable book gives a complete and accurate description of the two lives of Soyuz, chronicling the recent cooperative space endeavors of Europe and Russia. Part One has been developed from Russian sources, providing a descriptive approach to very technical issues. The second part of the book tells the contemporary story of the second life of Soyuz, gathered from Western sources and interviews with key protagonists. Arcadia Publishing; 1st Ed. From JSC 's control center, engineers also helped place humans on another celestial body for the first time, operated Space Shuttle missions, and expanded human spaceflight to an international endeavor.
Housed on more than 1, acres just south of downtown Houston, the center is the curator for the precious samples returned from the moon, the base for the training of astronauts, and the developer of innovative engineering to support future exploration deep into the solar system and world-class technical research on earth. To do that, longer surface stays would be needed. To make it possible, LM 10 to LM 14 received various modifications intended to increase their payloads, and allow them to return larger samples to Earth.
On July 20, , as a worldwide television audience of million watched, Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the Moon. Nearly a half-century later, Armstrong's words still resonate: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Continuing the popular Haynes Owners' Workshop Manual space series, which currently comprises Apollo 11 Manual and NASA Space Shuttle Manual, this unique book provides an insight into the only car ever built to be driven on the surface of another world.
The book is part mechanical guide, illustrated with many of the technical drawings from the time, and part narrative-driven story of engineering ingenuity and human triumph. It draws on the rich NASA photographic archive and the complete transcripts of the crews' reaction to driving across the Moon, which the authors have an un-paralleled knowledge and experience of working with. When the boy from Ohio was growing up he became obsessed with flight-he piloted a plane before he drove a car. He raptly followed the exploits of Chuck Yeager in the Bell X-1, and wondered if he himself might have the right stuff one day.
As he saw the Mercury 7 astronauts assembled, he lamented that he had been born a generation too late for the great adventure into outer space. But Neil Armstrong's chance would come. His colleagues in the Gemini and Apollo programs wondered at his preternatural calm as he piloted through near-death experiences, and then, finally, in , the Eagle landed, and Armstrong took "one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. This manual provides general introductory data for personnel associated with the Apollo program.
Each command and service module system is discussed in general terms, but with sufficient detail to convey a clear understanding of the systems. In addition, the Apollo earth orbit and lunar landing missions are described, planned, completed, and test programs or missions are identified. Manufacturing, training equipment, ground support equipment, space vehicles and the lunar module are all covered in gross terms. It also flew one orbital mission without a payload, with the extra fuel used to demonstrate that the S-IVB's J-2 engine could be restarted in zero gravity - a critical operation for translunar injection.
The Saturn IB produced thrust equivalent to 1. Designed by International Latex Corporation ILC Dover and with a life support backpack provided by Hamilton Standard, the A7L featured a water-cooled undergarment, an inner blue pressurized layer, and a tough white nylon outer hull. After the disastrous Apollo I fire, ILC produced a version that utilized beta cloth that is fire resistant up to degrees Celsius. Apollo used the A7L design that provided six hours of primary and thirty minutes of emergency life support.
The longer "J" missions 15, 16 and 17 utilized the A7LB suit that extended. An enormous workforce of engineers, scientists, welders, barge captains, and computer programmers spent an untold number of hours on design, logistics, manufacturing, quality control, and more to launch the Saturn. Many of the contributions of varous peoples involved in the NASA Manned Spacecraft program were recorded in their own words. A subset of these recollections from individuals who served in the Flight Dynamics Branch of Mission Control have been transcribed and reprinted in this compendium of Oral.
Developed in only 17 months at a cost of 38 million dollars, the Lunar Roving Vehicle LRV greatly expanded the survey range of the astronauts on Apollo 15, 16 and Designed to operate in the low-gravity vacuum of the Moon, the LRV boasted an ingenious design that allowed it to be folded up and stored inside the Lunar Module. It would then be deployed using a system of pulleys and brake reels. The LRV's frame was made of aluminum alloy tubing assemblies, giving the vehicle a fairly small mass of kg but allowing it to carry up to kg on the lunar surface.
The LRV's lightweight tires were made of zinc-coated steel strands with titanium chevrons and aluminum hubs, and offered a ground clearance of 36cm. Spacesuits are far more than garments. They are a personalized spacecraft that allows direct contact and interaction with everything beyond our world, and a last refuge for survival in a disaster.
Creating safe, reliable, and comfortable spacesuits is an ongoing challenge that has spanned over four decades.
Spacesuits, 2nd Edition" by Kenneth S. Thomas and Harold J. McMann details the technical evolution of U. This primary source of spacesuit information explains the functions, historical development, and use of spacesuits from a worldwide perspective. In this new edition, the authors update the story of U. As Apollo 11's Lunar Module descended toward the moon under automatic control, a program alarm in the guidance computer's software nearly caused a mission abort. Neil Armstrong responded by switching off the automatic mode and taking direct control.
He stopped monitoring the computer and began flying the spacecraft, relying on skill to land it and earning praise for a triumph of human over machine.
In Digital Apollo, engineer-historian David Mindell takes this famous moment as a starting point for an exploration of the relationship between humans and computers in the Apollo program. The Saturn V Apollo Lunar Orbital Rendezvous Planning Guide is a reprint of a rare document from the early s in which the whole Apollo moon landing mission was presented and illustrated.
Similar Items. Arcadia Publishing; 1st Ed. Russians in the jungle Pages Lardier, Christian et al. This successor edition will be lengthened, drawing on the latest satellite data to emphasize the power potential and communications advantages of Malapert Mountain in the South Polar region of the Moon, being the optimum location for the establishment of the first lunar base. Author Sara Howard, herself one of the very rare women engineers on Apollo, takes the reader down from the Moon to the peons in the pits. East meets West.
The book includes a large fold-out of the Apollo mission as well as a fold-out of the Saturn V moon rocket. It includes illustrations of early iterations of the Lunar Module, maps of the Cape Canaveral launch sites, launch schedules for all of the Apollo test flights, detailed specifications and schematics of the Saturn V launch vehicle stages, construction schedules, engine summaries, information on the VAB, mobile crawlers, Umbilical towers, a DVD and more.
The only launch vehicle in history to transport astronauts beyond Low Earth Orbit, the Saturn V delivered 24 men to the moon. To this day it holds records as the tallest feet , heaviest nearly 7 million lbs. Just ten days after Alan Shepard Jr. Kennedy challenged the nation, suggesting that the United States should land a man on the moon by the end of the decade. The ambitious goal of Project Apollo required a series of intermediate steps, which were to be explored by Project Gemini.
Designing the Semyorka. The council of chief designers. The various versions.
The launch bases. A fantasy launcher. East meets West. The genesis of Starsem. Europeans on the steppe. Russians in the jungle. Soyuz, launcher of the future.
Back Matter Pages About this book Introduction The Soyuz launch vehicle has had a long and illustrious history. In the final analysis, this book is a profound description of a formidable human adventure. Paris France 2.