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The Birth of NASA:
The Diary of T. Keith Glennan

Edited by J.D. Hunley

The Soviet launch of the first Sputnik satellite in October 1957 spawned a crisis atmosphere in the United States. The following year, T. Keith Glennan became the first administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This diary details Glennan's observations and insights during his leadership of NASA until January 1961, with emphasis on 1960. An introductory essay covers other highlights of Glennan's distinguished career in government and academia, including his work at the Atomic Energy Commission and his presidency of the Case Institute of Technology. A biographical appendix provides useful information on other key NASA figures. 396 pages, illustrated, hardcover with dustjacket.

GPO #033-000-01131-8 $24.00


NASA Engineers and the Age of Apollo

By Sylvia D. Fries

This book discusses the backgrounds and careers of the NASA engineers who made the Apollo missions to the Moon successful. Written on the twentieth anniversary of the Apollo lunar landing, this history takes a look at "typical" engineers of the period who helped NASA accomplish its extraordinary goals. Making extensive use of oral history, the author examines NASA's sociocultural roots and shows how many people came together during the 1960s to work on complicated technological tasks. 241 pages, paperback.

". . . provides unique insights into the minds and feelings of a generation of dedicated and talented engineers who provided the groundwork . . . [for] one of mankind's most memorable . . . technological achievements."
—Melvin Kranzberg, Georgia Institute of Technology

GPO #033-000-01111-3 $9.50

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