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The Birth of NASA

The Work of the Space Task Group, America's First True Space Pioneers

  • Dutch von Ehrenfried

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Setting the Stage

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  3. Creating the Space Team

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  4. Achievements

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  5. Back Matter
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About this book

Introduction

This is the story of the work of the original NASA space pioneers; men and women who were suddenly organized in 1958 from the then National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) into the Space Task Group. A relatively small group, they developed the initial mission concept plans and procedures for the U. S. space program. Then they boldly built hardware and facilities to accomplish those missions. The group existed only three years before they were transferred to the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, in 1962, but their organization left a large mark on what would follow.
Von Ehrenfried's personal experience with the STG at Langley uniquely positions him to describe the way the group was structured and how it reacted to the new demands of a post-Sputnik era. He artfully analyzes how the growing space program was managed and what techniques enabled it to develop so quickly from an operations perspective. The result is a fascinating window into history, amply backed up by first person documentation and interviews.

Keywords

Aerospace management Dr Robert Gilruth Early US space flight program John Glenn flight operations Langley Research Center and NASA Mercury, Gemini, Apollo years NACA history NASA early history NASA space pioneers National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics US reaction to Sputnik

Authors and affiliations

  • Dutch von Ehrenfried
    • 1
  1. 1.Raymond James Financial servicesLago VistaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28428-6
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-28426-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-28428-6
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