Providing an insider's view of what has been called a golden era in space pioneering, Robert S. Kraemer describes the financial, political, and technical hurdles facing each mission. As NASA's director of planetary programs during those years, he witnessed rivalries between scientists, worked to ensure that projects remained in NASA and federal budgets, and reshaped missions to meet changing priorities, schedules, and vehicle configurations. The book also chronicles the technical problems that sometimes jeopardized missions and describes such successes as the first landings on Mars in 1976.
Addressing many of the central themes that have affected space science during the past fifty years, Beyond the Moon documents the efforts of those who contributed to a burst of planetary exploration that laid the foundation for even more extraordinary voyages of discovery. Dozens of full color and black and white illustrations enhance the appeal for any space enthusiast.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 List of Abbreviations Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 1. On the Shoulders of Giants: Developing the Technology Chapter 6 2. 1971: Mariner 9 Mars Orbit Chapter 7 3. 1972 and 1973: Pioneer 10 and 11 Jupiter and Saturn Flybys Chapter 8 4. 1974 and 1976: Helios I and 2 Solar Probes Chapter 9 5. 1973: Mariner 10 Venus and Mercury Flybys Chapter 10 6. 1975: Viking 1 and 2 Mars Orbits and Landings Chapter 11 7. 1977: Voyager 1 and 2 Flybys of the Outer Planets Chapter 12 8. 1978: Pioneer Venus 1 and 2 Orbit and Probes Chapter 13 Epilogue: From Gloom of Night to New Light of Dawn Chapter 14 Appendix
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The writing is precise and well documented, sprinkled with personal impressions of the people with whom the author worked. The scope is definitely multidisciplined, and a reflection of the way in which business was done at NASA and between NASA labs and with contractors. The author presents complex and sticky situations in simply explained summarizing statements.