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Astronaut Maker: How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Spaceflight for a Generation

Astronaut Maker: How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Spaceflight for a Generation (Paperback)

By Cassutt, Michael

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One of the most elusive and controversial figures in NASA's history, George W. S. Abbey was said to be secretive, despotic, a Space Age Machiavelli. Yet Abbey had more influence on human spaceflight than almost anyone in history. His story has never been told-until now. The Astro...naut Maker takes readers inside NASA to learn the real story of how Abbey rose to power, from young pilot and wannabe astronaut to engineer, bureaucrat, and finally director of the Johnson Space Center. During a thirty-seven-year career, mostly out of the spotlight, he oversaw the selection of every astronaut class from 1978 to 1987, deciding who got to fly and when. He was with the Apollo 1 astronauts the night before the fatal fire in January 1967. He was in mission control the night of the Apollo 13 accident and organized the recovery effort. Abbey also led NASA's recruitment of women and minorities as space shuttle astronauts and was responsible for hiring Sally Ride. The Astronaut Maker is the ultimate insider's account of ambition and power politics at NASA.
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ISBN 9781641603188
Released NZ 1 Jul 2020
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781641603188
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Imprint Chicago Review Press
Released 1 Jul 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Cassutt, Michael
Category Biography & Autobiography: Science, Technology & Engineering
History Of Engineering & Technology
Aerospace & Aviation Technology
Number of Pages 480
Dimensions Width: 6mm
Height: 228mm
Spine: 152mm
Dewey Code 629.4092
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Aerospace engineers - Biography - United States, Government executives - Biography - United States
NBS Text Biography: Science, Technology & Medical
ONIX Text General/trade