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Reinventing Nasa

Author: Roger Handberg
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275970024
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Describes how NASA's internal values, policy choices, and relations with other political players are all driven by its overriding goal of pursuing human space flight.

Organizational Learning At Nasa

Author: Julianne G. Mahler
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 1589016025
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Just after 9:00 a.m. on February 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart and was lost over Texas. This tragic event led, as the Challenger accident had 17 years earlier, to an intensive government investigation of the technological and organizational causes of the accident. The investigation found chilling similarities between the two accidents, leading the Columbia Accident Investigation Board to conclude that NASA failed to learn from its earlier tragedy. Despite the frequency with which organizations are encouraged to adopt learning practices, organizational learning—especially in public organizations—is not well understood and deserves to be studied in more detail. This book fills that gap with a thorough examination of NASA’s loss of the two shuttles. After offering an account of the processes that constitute organizational learning, Julianne G. Mahler focuses on what NASA did to address problems revealed by Challenger and its uneven efforts to institutionalize its own findings. She also suggests factors overlooked by both accident commissions and proposes broadly applicable hypotheses about learning in public organizations.

Disasters And Accidents In Manned Spaceflight

Author: David Shayler
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781852332259
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Many of the perils and risks associated with space travel have been evident since the first manned missions hurled astronauts into orbit. As the International Space Station (ISS) takes shape, this timely book reports on the nature of the dangers associated with our dramatic ventures into space. It offers a detailed account of the captivating history of space flight, analyzing some of the incidents and disasters involving orbital and lunar programs, including Gemini, Apollo, Soyuz, Mir, and the Space Shuttle. It culminates with an outlook towards future planetary explorations and the ISS.

Spaceflight And The Myth Of Presidential Leadership

Author: Roger D. Launius
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252066320
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In Spaceflight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership, ten contributors present compelling arguments and analyses that shed new light on the power and leadership of the nation's presidency and on the space program. Setting the tone for the collection, Roger Launius and Howard McCurdy maintain that the nation's presidency had become imperial by the mid-1970s and that supporters of the space program had grown to find relief in such a presidency, which they believed could help them obtain greater political support and funding. Subsequent chapters explore the roles and political leadership, vis-a-vis government policy, of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush.

Frontiers Of Space Exploration

Author: Roger D. Launius
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313325243
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Provides information and analysis on all aspects of space exploration with a historical overview, profiles of American and Soviet space pioneers, and a timeline of key events.

Faster Better Cheaper

Author: Howard E. McCurdy
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801867200
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"Faster, Better, Cheaper takes its title from the initiative of the same name, which officials at NASA adopted after the high-profile failure of the Mars Observer spacecraft in 1993. Although that expedition was conceived in 1981 as the last in a series of lower-cost missions, its budget by launch had grown from $250 million to more than $800 million. To compensate for research opportunities lost during the hiatus since the last Viking mission in 1976, scientists in 1992 added numerous instruments while technicians added equipment to guard against failure. This effort should have resulted in a more reliable and better-performing spacecraft, and yet, as the Observer approached Mars on August 21, 1993, it disappeared."--Jacket.

Creating The International Space Station

Author: David M. Harland
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781852332020
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Creating the International Space Station' will be the first comprehensive review of the historical background, rationale behind, and events leading to the construction and commissioning of the ISS. The authors describe the orbital assembly of the ISS on a flight-by-flight basis, listing all the experiments planned in the various laboratory modules and explain their objectives. They also provide an account of the long-term stresses and strains of building the ISS on the US/Russia relationship, especially after 1997. By offering a comprehensive mix of operational work, microgravity science and future plans, the book should satisfy both the space enthusiast, eager for a detailed review of the missions, and the specialist wishing to read about the science research programme.

Imagining Space

Author: Roger Launius
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 0811831159
Size: 80.28 MB
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Space travel has gone from fantasy to reality in just fifty yearswhere will we be fifty years from now? This breathtaking book follows our projections for space exploration in the 1950s to our actual accomplishments today and goes on to predict the spacecraft, commerce, ecology, and manned explorations yet to come in the next 50 years. Lavishly illustrated, with a visionary foreword by Ray Bradbury as well as an adventurous text by NASA's chief historian and an expert on the U.S. space program, Imagining Space will inspire science fiction enthusiasts, pop culture fans, and anyone who has ever looked up at the stars in wonder.

Viewing The Earth

Author: Pamela Etter Mack
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262132596
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Viewing the Earth examines the role played by interest groups in shaping the process of technological change, offering valuable insights into how technologies evolve. It traces the history of Landsat from its origins through the launch and use of the first few satellites, showing how a variety of forces shape the form and the eventual reception of any new technology. The Landsat earth resources satellite system was a project of The National Aeronautics and Space Administration that was created to collect data about earth resources from space. The first satellite was launched in 1972 with great fanfare and high expectations. The data proved useful for everything from finding oil to predicting harvests, yet today the successful commercialization of the program is still uncertain. Why? To answer this question, Pamela E. Mack focuses on the negotiating process that went on among different parts of the space agency, other interested government agencies, and various organizations that were potential users of the data. This formal and informal negotiating process, she points out, involved not only choices between alternative technologies and the satellite but also conflicting definitions of what the satellite would do. The story is full of fascinating detail, from the concerns of the intelligence community over civilian satellites looking at the earth to the politics of agricultural survey.