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Heroes of the Space Age: Incredible Stories of the Famous and Forgotten Men and Women Who Took Humanity to the Stars

Heroes of the Space Age: Incredible Stories of the Famous and Forgotten Men and Women Who Took Humanity to the Stars (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Pyle, Rod

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A NASA insider tells the exciting story of the people, some well-known but many unrecognized, who were responsible for so many daring space missions. Award-winning science writer Rod Pyle profiles the remarkable pilots, scientists, and engineers whose work was instrumental in spa...ce missions to every corner of our solar system and beyond. Besides heralded names like Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and Gene Kranz, the author highlights some of the hidden figures who played crucial roles in the success of NASA, Soviet, and international space exploration. For example, Joe Engle, was a daring test pilot who set multiple records in the dangerous X-15 rocket plane and later commanded the space shuttle three times. John Houbolt was an engineer who convinced NASA leadership that the most effective way to land on the moon was to use a seemingly risky technique called Lunar Orbit Rendezvous, which worried NASA planners but was the only way to make the landing possible by 1969. Margaret Hamilton was an accomplished mathematician and one of the first female software engineers to design programs for spaceflight software that proved critical to the success of the moon landing. John Casani was a brash young engineer who took over the struggling Voyager program to reconnoiter the outer planets at a time when success was far from certain. And Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to travel into space aboard Soviet spacecraft Vostok 6. Complemented by many rarely-seen photos and illustrations, these stories of the highly talented and dedicated people, many of whom worked tirelessly behind the scenes, will fascinate and inspire.
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ISBN 9781633885240
Released NZ 16 May 2019
Publisher Prometheus Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781633885240
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Prometheus Books
Imprint Prometheus Books
Released 16 May 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Pyle, Rod
Category Astronomy, Space & Time
Aerospace & Aviation Technology
Space Science
Number of Pages 315
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 22mm
Dewey Code B
Weight 404g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress United States - Officials and employees, Astronauts - United States, Aldrin, Buzz, Armstrong, Neil, Conrad, Pete
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade