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Wings in Orbit: Scientific and Engineering Legacies of the Space Shuttle 1971-2010: Scientific and Engineering Legacies of the Space Shuttle 1971-2010by Wayne Hale
Synopses & Reviews
Wings in Orbitis an authoritative documentation of the many accomplishments of the NASA Space Shuttle Program. Starting with a foreword written by astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen, this compelling book provides accurate, authentic and easily understood accounts from NASA's best subject matter experts and external resources. The book captures the passion of those who devoted their energies to the Program's success for more than three decades. It focuses on their science and engineering accomplishments, the rich history of the program and the shuttle as an icon in U.S. history. No other book on the market has accumulated as many experts and resources on this subject nor broken it down in such easy to understand language with compelling imagery. With the Shuttle Program coming to a close, consumers will be inclined to purchase this book as it provides comprehensive information on this historic program as it ends its 30 year run. The promotions for this book will definitely benefit from the publicity of this historic event.
About the Author
Dr. Helen W. Lane is Chief Scientist for Biological Sciences and Applications Space Life Sciences at NASA/Johnson Space Center and the lead for the Space Life Scineces Academy that focuses on education for the NASA employees as well as outreach for K-20. Previously she was Manager of University Research and Affairs for NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Dr. Lane has also managed NASA’s Advanced Human Support Technologies Program, which includes innovative work in food science and technologies for extended-duration spaceflight. She was Acting Director of Technology Transfer Office and branch chief for biomedical operations and research that included the nutrition research laboratory and clinical medicine.
As NASA’s Chief Nutritionist, she led efforts to define nutritional requirements for healthy crew members during spaceflight. Her research and administrative functions have included setting the nutrition standards for the International Space Station and the joint U.S.- Russian Shuttle-Mir flights. Her research focused on energy and protein requirements as well as space-food nutritional quality. Dr. Lane has also completed clinical and basic science research on selenium and breast cancer.
Dr. Lane received her B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, her M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida. She attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1994. She served as Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of Texas Medical Center from 1977 to 1984 and as Professor of Nutrition at Auburn University from 1984 to 1989. At present she serves as Adjunct Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
As a registered dietitian, she is active in the American Dietetics Association and a member of the American Society for Nutrition.
Table of Contents
ii Editorial Boardiii Dedicationiv Foreword—John Young and Robert Crippenv Preface and Acknowledgmentsvi Table of Contentsix Poem—Witnessing the Launch of the Shuttle Atlantisxi Introduction—Charles Bolden1 Magnificent Flying Machine—A Cathedral to Technology11 The Historical Legacy12 Major Milestones32 The Accidents: A Nation’s Tragedy, NASA’s Challenge42 National Security53 The Space Shuttle and its Operations54 The Space Shuttle74 Processing the Shuttle for Flight94 Flight Operations110 Extravehicular Activity Operations and Advancements130 Shuttle Builds the International Space Station157 Engineering Innovations158 Propulsion182 Thermal Protection Systems200 Materials and Manufacturing226 Aerodynamics and Flight Dynamics242 Avionics, Navigation, and Instrumentation256 Software270 Structural Design286 Robotics and Automation302 Systems Engineering for Life Cycleof Complex SystemsLegacy of the Space Shuttle Program viidraft 10/19/10319 Major Scientific Discoveries320 The Space Shuttle and Great Observatories344 Atmospheric Observationsand Earth Imaging360 Mapping the Earth: Radars and Topography370 Astronaut Health and Performance408 The Space Shuttle: A Platform That Expandedthe Frontiers of Biology420 Microgravity Research in the Space Shuttle Era444 Space Environments459 Social, Cultural, and Educational Legacies460 NASA Reflects America’s Changing Opportunities;NASA Impacts US Culture470 Education: Inspiring Students as Only NASA Can485 Industries and Spin-offs497 The Shuttle Continuum, Role of Human Spaceflight499 President George H.W. Bush500 Pam Leestma and Neme AlpersteinElementary School Teachers502 Norman AugustineFormer President and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation504 John LogsdonFormer Director of Space Policy Institute, Georgetown University506 Canadian Space Agency509 General John DaileyDirector of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum510 Leah JamiesonJohn A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering,Purdue University512 Michael GriffinFormer NASA Administrator517 Appendix518 Flight InformationXXX Program Managers/AcknowledgmentsXXX Suggested ReadingsXXX Glossary and AcronymsXXX Contributors’ BiographiesXXX Index
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