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Where No Man Has Gone Before : a History of NASA's Apollo Lunar Expeditions.

Author: William David Compton
Publisher: Dover Publications, 2012.
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This official NASA history chronicles the behind-the-scenes conflicts and cooperation during the Apollo expeditions. It shows how the space agency's scientists, who were primarily interested in the moon itself, worked out their differences with the engineers, who were charged with the astronauts' safe landing and return. The close collaboration between the scientists and engineers ensured the success of a program  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William David Compton
ISBN: 1306350530 9781306350532 9780486135564 048613556X
OCLC Number: 868270614
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Title Page; Copyright Page; INTRODUCTION TO THE DOVER EDITION; PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; Table of Contents; 1 --
AMERICA STARTS FOR THE MOON: 1957-1963; Organizing for Space Exploration; Project Apollo: The Decision; Project Apollo: The Debate; Project Apollo: Prospects, 1963; 2 --
LINKING SCIENCE TO MANNED SPACE FLIGHT; The Moon and the Space Science Program; Manned Space Flight and Science; Coordinating Science and Apollo; Reorganizing Around Apollo; 1963: Progress and Prospects; 3 --
APOLLO'S LUNAR EXPLORATION PLANS; Scientific Interest in the Moon; Planning for Lunar Exploration. Headquarters-Center Relations in ScienceLunar Surface Experiments; Woods Hole and Falmouth Conferences, Summer 1965; Site Selection: Ranger, Surveyor, Lunar Orbiter; 4 --
HANDLING SAMPLES FROM THE MOON; Early Plans for Lunar Sample Management; The Specter of "Back-Contamination"; Congress Objects to the Receiving Laboratory; Completing Design and Starting Construction; Staffing the Lunar Receiving Laboratory; 5 --
SELECTING AND TRAINING THE CREWS; Test-Pilot Astronauts; Scientists Call for Representation on Apollo Crews; Organizing the Astronaut Corps; More Missions, More Astronauts. Moving Into Flight OperationsSelection of the First Scientist-Astronauts; Future Plans Require Yet More Astronauts; Headquarters Expands the Ranks of Scientist-Astronauts; Scientists in the Astronaut Corps; 6 --
MISSION AND SCIENCE PLANNING: 1963-1966; Operational Constraints on Landing Sites; Scientific Input to Site Selection; Site Selection: Early Results from Unmanned Programs; Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments; MSC Develops a Science Organization; Apollo at the End of 1966; 7 --
SETBACK AND RECOVERY: 1967; Death at the Cape; The Fire and the Science Program. PSAC Examines Post-Apollo Science PlansLunar Science and Exploration: Santa Cruz, 1967; The Purse Strings Draw Tighter; Lunar Exploration Program Office Established; Lunar Receiving Laboratory: Management and Sample Handling; Complexities of Quarantine; 1967: A Critical Year; 8 --
FINAL PREPARATIONS: 1968; Spacecraft and Mission Progress; Lunar Surface Experiments; Lunar Receiving Laboratory; Problems with Back-Contamination Control; Final Simulations and Certification; Picking Landing Sites; Looking Beyond the First Landings; Mission Planning and Operations, 1968. The Apollo Decade Draws to a Close9 --
PRIMARY MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: 1969; Crew Activities, 1968-1969; A Second Group of Scientist-Astronauts; Crew Training and Flight Operations; Apollo 11 Crew Makes Ready; The First Lunar Explorers; Scientific Work Begins; The Astronauts in Quarantine; Public Interest in Lunar Samples; Astronauts Given Clean Bill of Health; Releasing the Samples; Scientific Side Issues: Security and Publication; The End of the Beginning; 10 --
LUNAR EXPLORATION BEGINS; On With Lunar Exploration; Selecting Sites for Exploration.

Abstract:

This official NASA history chronicles the behind-the-scenes conflicts and cooperation during the Apollo expeditions. It shows how the space agency's scientists, who were primarily interested in the moon itself, worked out their differences with the engineers, who were charged with the astronauts' safe landing and return. The close collaboration between the scientists and engineers ensured the success of a program that remains a major achievement for both fields. The first half of the book concerns the preparations for the Moon landings, tracing the development of the Apollo science program from the earliest days. The second half documents the flights that followed Apollo 11, during which twelve astronauts explored the lunar surface and returned with samples for investigation. The author drew upon the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center's collection of more than 31,000 Apollo-related documents and conducted more than 300 interviews with program participants to assemble this definitive survey.

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