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Into the Unknown Together the Dod, Nasa, And Early Spaceflight

By Air University Press

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Book Id: WPLBN0000699671
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Into the Unknown Together the Dod, Nasa, And Early Spaceflight  
Author: Air University Press
Language: English
Subject: Instructional materials, Armed Forces, Air University (U.S.)
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Excerpt: Between the 4 October 1957 launching by the Soviet Union of the first artificial earth satellite, Sputnik I, and the successful American landing and return from the moon in July 1969, the United States sponsored five human-spaceflight programs. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) started and completed Projects Mercury and Gemini while its Project Apollo would land on the moon five times before December 1972.1 Meanwhile, different administrations cancelled the Department of Defense?s (DOD) Project Dynasoar in December 1963 and its successor the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) in June 1969.2 Therefore, the US Air Force (USAF), as the agency directly responsible for both programs, failed in its attempts to evaluate and use humans in space for military purposes. This book examines the NASA-DOD relationship, with a special focus on these human-spaceflight projects, and the larger context in which this relationship existed. By examining the geopolitical, domestic political and bureaucratic environments in which decisions concerning these projects were made, the relationships between America?s first five human space flight projects will become clear.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: Dedication, Iii - About the Author, Ix - 1 Necessary Preconditions, 1 - Ambling Toward Sputnik, 3 - Nasa?s Predecessor Organization - And the Dod, 18 - Notes, 24 - 2 Eisenhower Act I: Reaction to Sputnik - And the Birth of Nasa, 31 - Eisenhower Attempts to Calm the Nation, 32 - President?s Scientific Advisory Committee - And Civil Space, 41 - Johnson And the Preparedness - Investigating Subcommittee, 46 - The Naca Enters the Fray, 51 - The Psac And ?Introduction to Outer Space?, 53 - Balancing Civilian And Military - Responsibilities In Space, 57 - Notes, 79 - 3 Eisenhower Act Ii: Forging A Nasa-Dod - Relationship, 93 - To Compete With the Soviet Union, 93 - Space for Peace?, 102 - Air Force Philosophy Made Little Headway, 109 - The Nasa-Dod Relationship Phase I, 111 - Arpa?s Space Role Fades, 119 - Amending the Space Act, 120 - The Civilian-Military Liaison Committee And the - National Aeronautics And Space Council, 121 - Space Act Amendments Stymied, 123 - The Aeronautics And Astronautics - Coordinating Board, 126


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