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Digital Apollo : human and machine in spaceflight

Author: David A Mindell
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How human pilots and automated systems worked together to achieve the ultimate in flight--the lunar landings of NASA's Apollo program.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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mindell, David A.
Digital Apollo.
Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2007032255
(OCoLC)163594148
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David A Mindell
ISBN: 9780262266673 0262266679 9781435643291 1435643291 9780262266680 0262266687 0262134977 9780262134972
OCLC Number: 228031739
Awards: Winner of Winner, 2008 Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award, given by the American Astronautical Society 2008
Winner of Winner, 2013 AIAA Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award, given by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2008
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 359 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Human and machine in the race to the moon --
Chauffeurs and airmen in the age of systems --
Flying reentry: the X-15 --
Airmen in space --
"Braincase on the tip of a firecracker": Apollo guidance --
Reliability or Repair? The Apollo computer --
Programs and people --
Designing a landing --
"Pregnant with alarm": Apollo 11 --
Five more hands on --
Human, machine, and the future of spaceflight.
Responsibility: David A. Mindell.

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How human pilots and automated systems worked together to achieve the ultimate in flight-the lunar landings of NASA's Apollo program.  Read more...

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