|Title:||Gateway to the moon : building the Kennedy Space Center launch complex|
|Authors:||Charles D. Benson ; William B. Faherty|
|Publisher:||[S.l.] : University Press of Florida, 2001|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||978-0-8130-2091-4|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references and index|
|Subjects:||John F. Kennedy Space Center--History|
"Gateway to the Moon" presents the definitive history of the origins, design and construction of the lunar launch facilities at Kennedy Space Center, the terrestrial site of one of the greatest national adventures of the twentieth century: humanity's first trip to the moon. It includes archival illustratuins and diagrams of locations, personnel, and equipment, from aerial views of sandy, undeveloped Cape Canaveral to some of the first photos of the mobile launchers and crawler-transpoters.
Filled with the sense of wonder and pride that the earliest U.S. space achievements inspired, the book focuses on launch complexes 39A and 39B, the gigantic assemblies from which the Apollo-Saturn vehicles departed for trips into space, and on the massive eight-acre Vertical Assembly Building (renamed the Vehicle Assembly Building) and the attached Launch Control Center -some of the most awesome buildings ever constructed. It also analyzes the technological and governmental interactions necessary to ensure success of the launches.
Originally part of "Moonport", a volume in the NASA History Series, the book is based on extensive interviews with participants in the space program and wide access to official documents, letters, and memoranda; in addition, the authors air criticisms directed at the Kennedy Space Center team and treat in detail mistakes in launch operations and conflicts within the program. Written for a general-interest audience, with jargon and acronyms translated into everyday language, the book offers a faithful account of technology in service to humanity.
Copies in the Library (1)
|Barcode||Call number||Media type||Location||Section||Status|
|009077||TL4027.F52.B46 2001||Book||ISU Central Campus library||Main collection||Available|