Suddenly, Tomorrow Came: The NASA History of the Johnson Space Center

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As the astronauts' home base and the site of Mission Control, the Johnson Space Center has witnessed some of the most triumphant moments in American history. Spanning initiatives from the 1960s to 1993, this illustrated volume traces the center's history, starting with its origins at the beginning of the space race in the late 1950s. Thrilling, authoritative accounts explain the development and achievements of the early space voyages; the lunar landing; the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs; and the space ...
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As the astronauts' home base and the site of Mission Control, the Johnson Space Center has witnessed some of the most triumphant moments in American history. Spanning initiatives from the 1960s to 1993, this illustrated volume traces the center's history, starting with its origins at the beginning of the space race in the late 1950s. Thrilling, authoritative accounts explain the development and achievements of the early space voyages; the lunar landing; the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs; and the space shuttles and international space station.
As astronaut Donald K. Slayton notes in his Foreword, this chronicle emphasizes the cooperation of "humans on space and on the ground. It realistically balances the role of the highly visible astronaut with the mammoth supporting team." An official NASA publication, Suddenly, Tomorrow Came is profusely illustrated with forty-four figures and tables, plus sixty-three photographs. Historian Paul Dickson brings the narrative up to date with an informative new Introduction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486477565
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 9/19/2012
  • Series: Dover Books on Astronomy Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,390,871
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations v

Introduction to the Dover Edition ix

Foreword xi

Preface and Acknowledgments xiii

1 October 1957 1

2 The Commitment to Space 17

3 Houston - Texas - U.S.A. 35

4 Human Dimensions 53

5 Gemini: On Managing Spaceflight 77

6 The NASA Family 97

7 Precious Human Cargo 117

8 A Contractual Relationship 137

9 The Flight of Apollo 159

10 "After Apollo, What Next?" 187

11 Skylab to Shuttle 209

12 Lead Center 233

13 Space Business and JSC 257

14 Aspects of Shuttle Development 273

15 The Shuttle at Work 285

16 New Initiatives 307

17 Space Station Earth 329

Epilogue 349

MSC/JSC Directors 351

Reference Notes 353

Index 389

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