Space Shuttle

Author: Dennis R. Jenkins
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781580072496
Format: PDF
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Due to this collection's heavy weight (18 lbs) non-standard shipping costs apply. See shopping cart for details. During 30 years and 135 missions, the U.S. space shuttle carried more crewmembers to orbit than all other launch systems, from all other countries combined, and carried more than 4.5 million pounds of payload to orbit. It was a staggering record of success. Unfortunately, it was accompanied by a tragic record of failure, with two accidents claiming the lives of 14 astronauts as well as other incidents claiming several ground personnel. But, as Richard Truly, an astronaut and NASA administrator, once said, "Flying in space is a bold business. We cannot print enough money to make it totally risk-free." This assertion was not meant as an excuse, simply a statement of fact regarding the physics of space travel and the dangers of chemical rockets. Because it flew for 30 years, most people alive today do not remember a time when the space shuttle was not in the news. The public was enthralled, the politicians somewhat less, and the armchair critics even less so. The space shuttle was meant as a stepping-stone to broader exploration. But the funding and political will never materialized, leaving the vehicle with little meaningful work for most of its flight campaign. Nevertheless, the space shuttle launched a variety of commercial and military satellites, planetary probes to Venus and Jupiter, and three of the four NASA Great Observatories, including the pièce de résistance, the Hubble Space Telescope. Only near the end was it able to demonstrate its intended purpose, building a space station. Even that, when finished, was only a shell of what had been envisioned when the space shuttle was approved. Unfortunately, having found its stride as the primary support vehicle for the International Space Station, the White House canceled the program, leaving the United States without the ability to launch people to orbit. All of this has left an uncertain legacy for one of the most visible engineering achievements of the 20th Century. This book is not meant to establish that legacy, but to thoroughly document the development, technology, and, to a lesser extent, the flight campaign. We will leave it to future historians to determine the ultimate worthiness of the program. What we can say for certain, though, is that it was one hell of a ride.

Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier

Author: John M. Logsdon
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319989626
Format: PDF, Kindle
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When Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, limits on NASA funding and the lack of direction under the Nixon and Carter administrations had left the U.S. space program at a crossroads. In contrast to his predecessors, Reagan saw outer space as humanity’s final frontier and as an opportunity for global leadership. His optimism and belief in American exceptionalism guided a decade of U.S. activities in space, including bringing the space shuttle into operation, dealing with the 1986 Challenger accident and its aftermath, committing to a permanently crewed space station, encouraging private sector space efforts, and fostering international space partnerships with both U.S. allies and with the Soviet Union. Drawing from a trove of declassified primary source materials and oral history interviews, John M. Logsdon provides the first comprehensive account of Reagan’s civilian and commercial space policies during his eight years in the White House. Even as a fiscal conservative who was hesitant to increase NASA’s budget, Reagan’s enthusiasm for the space program made him perhaps the most pro-space president in American history.

The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration

Author: John Logsdon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101993499
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The fascinating story of how NASA sent humans to explore outer space, told through a treasure trove of historical documents--publishing in celebration of NASA's 60th anniversary and with a foreword by Bill Nye Among all the technological accomplishments of the last century, none has captured our imagination more deeply than the movement of humans into outer space. From Sputnik to SpaceX, the story of that journey is told as never before in The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration. Renowned space historian John Logsdon traces the greatest moments in human spaceflight by weaving together essential, fascinating documents from NASA's history with his expert narrative guidance. Beginning with rocket genius Wernher von Braun's vision for voyaging to Mars, and closing with Elon Musk's contemporary plan to get there, this volume traces major events like the founding of NASA, the first American astronauts in space, the moon landings, the Challenger disaster, the daring Hubble Telescope repairs, and more. In these pages, we find such gems as Eisenhower's reactions to Sputnik, the original NASA astronaut application, John Glenn's reflections on zero gravity, Kennedy's directives to go to the moon, discussions on what Neil Armstrong's first famous first words should be, customs forms filled out by astronauts bringing back moon rocks, transcribed conversations with Nixon on ending Project Apollo and beginning the space shuttle program, and so much more.

Die Rakete zu den Planetenr umen

Author: Hermann Oberth
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3486747126
Format: PDF, ePub
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Hermann Oberth gilt als einer der bedeutendsten Pioniere der Raketentechnik. Visionär waren nicht nur seine umfassende, akribische Untersuchung und Optimierung aller denkbaren Raketenparamter, sondern auch seine Vorschläge zur Raketeninstrumentierung für bemannte und wissenschaftliche Missionen sowie Ideen für Start- und Testanlagen. Die Neuauflage ermöglicht es, die Realisierung von Oberth's "Traum" nachzuvollziehen und mit der heutigen Raumfahrtrealität abzugleichen. Reprint der 5. Auflage von 1984

Halliday Physik

Author: J. Richard Christman
Publisher: Wiley-VCH
ISBN: 9783527409013
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Zu 880 Aufgaben aus dem roten allen Themengebieten der Experimentalphysik gibt es sorgfï¿1⁄2ltig aufgezeichnete Lï¿1⁄2sungsansï¿1⁄2tze, die das Nachvollziehen einfach machen. Zahlreiche Illustrationen helfen bei Veranschaulichung. Attraktiv ist der Lï¿1⁄2sungsband auch fï¿1⁄2r Nutzer der Bachelor-Edition und somit fï¿1⁄2r Nebenfach-Studenten, denn 740 Lï¿1⁄2sungen beziehen sich auf Aufgaben aus der grï¿1⁄2nen Bachelor-Edition.

Der Krieg der Welten

Author: Herbert George (H. G.) Wells
Publisher: EClassica
ISBN: 3961640297
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Weil die Ressourcen ihres eigenen Planeten, dem Mars, aufgebraucht sind, überfällt eine überlegene Zivilisation wie aus dem Nichts die Erde, um diese neue wasser- und rohstoffreiche Quelle auszubeuten. Die lästigen Menschen werden von den emotionslosen Marsianern gnadenlos gejagt und sollen mit Hilfe riesiger dreibeiniger Killer-Roboter und Giftgas ausgerottet werden. Das Militär ist den technisch weit fortgeschrittenen Angreifern hoffnungslos unterlegen, und die Menschheit blickt einem elenden Ende entgegen ... Rettung scheint nicht mehr denkbar zu sein ... Dieser im Jahr 1898 erschienene unerreichte Klassiker der Science-Fiction-Literatur löste, als von Orson Welles im Jahr 1938 neu inszeniertes Radio-Hörspiel, bei vielen Zuhörern, die es als Live-Reportage missverstanden, an der Ostküste der USA Panik aus.

Der islamische Faschismus

Author: Hamed Abdel-Samad
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 3426422468
Format: PDF
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Der Islamismus entstand parallel zum italienischen Faschismus und zum Nationalsozialismus. Sein faschistoides Gedankengut reicht allerdings weit zurück – es ist bereits im Ur-Islam angelegt. Hamed Abdel-Samad schlägt in seiner Analyse einen Bogen von den Ursprüngen des Islam bis hin zur Gegenwart. Ein provokantes Buch, dessen Thesen Hamed Abdel-Samad eine Mord-Fatwa einbrachten.

Soziologie

Author: Hartmut Esser
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 9783593371443
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Die auf sechs Bände angelegten "Speziellen Grundlagen der Soziologie" sind die Weiterführung und Vertiefung des Einführungswerkes "Soziologie. Allgemeine Grundlagen". In umfassender Weise werden die zentralen Gegenstandsbereiche und theoretischen Herangehensweisen der Soziologie dargestellt. Der Autor präsentiert in seinen "Speziellen Grundlagen" einen Ansatz, der die wichtigsten theoretischen Konzepte der Soziologie, Sozialpsychologie und Ökonomie zu einem allgemeinen sozialwissenschaftlichen Erklärungsprogramm integriert. Der Aufbau des Werkes folgt dem Modell der soziologischen Erklärung mit den drei charakteristischen "Logiken": Die Logik der Situation, die Logik der Selektion und die Logik der Aggregation.