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Author Topic:   A Passion for Space (Marianne J. Dyson)

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From: Geneva, Switzerland
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posted 05-05-2015 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A Passion for Space
by Marianne J.Dyson
Marianne Dyson relates the first five space shuttle flights from the personal perspective of mission planning and operations in Houston at the Johnson Space Center.

Based on firsthand experience as well as original sources such as journals and NASA weekly activity reports, this is an eyewitness retelling of the inside workings of Mission Control. The book contains historical details about astronaut and flight controller training that exemplify both the humor and serious aspects of space operations, including the almost unknown fire in Mission Control during STS-5 that nearly caused an emergency entry of the shuttle and yet was completely downplayed by NASA.

The story begins with the inspiration of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon and follows the challenges of pursuing a science career as a woman in the 70s and 80s, when it was far from an easy path. Dyson became a space shuttle flight controller at a time when women were making the first inroads into flight control, a previously male-dominated profession.

Written by an insider with a unique personal perspective and credentials to match, this a must-read for anyone interested in the institutional culture at NASA during one of its most definitional times.

  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2016 edition (December 2, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 331920257X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3319202570

Henry Heatherbank

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posted 05-06-2015 06:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it just me, or does $44.95 seem a lot for this book (as interesting as it sounds)?


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posted 05-06-2015 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seems like a typical price for a Springer book nowadays. Colin Burgess' first two Mercury program books clocked in at around 250 pages with a price of $34, so this new one with far more seems about the right amount. Of course, with the cost of everything going up, it's not surprising.

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