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The Space Shuttle Decision: NASA's Search for a Reusable Space Vehicle
     

The Space Shuttle Decision: NASA's Search for a Reusable Space Vehicle

by T. Heppenheimer
 

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This significant new study of the decision to build the Space Shuttle explains the Shuttle's origins and early development. In addition to internal NASA discussions, this work details the debates in the late 1960s and early 1970s among policymakers in Congress, the Air Force, and the Office of Management and Budget over the roles and technical designs of the Shuttle.

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This significant new study of the decision to build the Space Shuttle explains the Shuttle's origins and early development. In addition to internal NASA discussions, this work details the debates in the late 1960s and early 1970s among policymakers in Congress, the Air Force, and the Office of Management and Budget over the roles and technical designs of the Shuttle. Examining the interplay of these organizations with sometimes conflicting goals, the author not only explains how the world's premier space launch vehicle came into being, but also how politics can interact with science, technology, national security, and economics in national government. The weighty policy decision to build the Shuttle represents the first component of the broader story: future NASA volumes will cover the Shuttle's development and operational histories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781470036478
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
11/18/2009
Pages:
492
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.99(d)

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