|Title:||Beyond the Moon : a golden age of planetary exploration 1971 - 1978|
|Authors:||Robert S. Kraemer|
|Publisher:||[S.l.] : Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000|
|Series:||Smithsonian history of aviation and spaceflight series|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||978-1-56098-954-7|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references and index|
|Subjects:||Kraemer, Roberst S.--Career in space sciences ; Planets--Exploration--History ; Space probes--History ; Space sciences--United States--History ; United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration|
During the 1970s Americans launched twelve robot spacecraft on paths to the far corners of the solar system. Each mission was a resounding success, yielding detailed knowledge of Earth's neighboring planets and advancing human understanding of the solar system's origin and evolution.
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 year's, 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.
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|007896||TL795.3.K73 2000||Book||ISU Library||Main collection||Available|