Vol. 15, No. 1 Winter 1998





New Addition to NASA History Division

New NASA History Publications Available

-EVA Chronology

-History of Stennis Space Center

-History of Wallops Station

-History of Lifting Body Research

NASA Historical Works in the News

Forthcoming NASA History Publications

-NACA/NASA Collier Trophy R&D Projects -Exploring the Unknown, Vol. III

-History of Marshall Space Flight Center

-Origins of NASA Monograph

-Oral History of Space Act Monograph

Forthcoming NASA History Books Published By Other Presses

Upcoming NASA History Contracts

NASA History to be Featured at SHFG Meeting

Global Air and Space History Meeting

NASA History on the Internet

Internship Opportunity

Photos Available

CASI is Moving

IGY Exhibit

Quest Lives!

Colloquia Miniseries

Student Paper Competition

Calls for Papers

Upcoming Meetings

Selected 1997 Aerospace History Publications



Terese Ohnsorg will be joining the History Division effective 15 March 1998. She will be responsible for archival duties previously performed by Lee D. Saegesser, who retired on 31 October 1997, and will also participate in several writing and research projects. Terese comes to us from the NASA Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Program, where she was the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) for the Center for AeroSpace Information (CASI) operations contract and subsequently Manager of the International STI Program. We warmly welcome her aboard.


Walking Over Olympus: A Chronology of Extravehicular Activity (EVA) (Monographs in Aerospace History, No. 7, 1997), by David S.F. Portree and Robert C. Treviño, was published in December 1997. This chronology is the first part of a larger effort to document the history of EVA at the time of the first launch and assembly of the International Space Station, where massive numbers of hours of EVA will be required. As with all of our Monographs in Aerospace History, this one is available free of charge. When requesting this monograph, please send a self-addressed, stamped (for 1 pound) 9x12 envelope.

Wallops Station and the Creation of the American Space Program (NASA SP-4311, 1997), by Harold D. Wallace, Jr., is a short work that stresses the early history of the mid-Atlantic facility and its relationship to the larger aerospace exploration initiatives of NACA/NASA. This useful history was published in December 1997 and is for sale for $8.50 (domestic postpaid), $10.63 (non-U.S.) by the U.S. Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. FAX: 202-512-2250. Phone: 202-512-1800 (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Eastern time). Order stock number 033-000-01186-5.

Way Station to Space: A History of the John C. Stennis Space Center (NASA SP-4310, 1997), by Mack R. Herring, one of the Center’s first employees, was published in December 1997. It tells the interesting and important story of the Mississippi facility created to test the Saturn Moon rocket in the 1960s and its evolution thereafter. This book is for sale for $37.00 (domestic postpaid), $46.25 (non-U.S.) from the U.S. Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. FAX: 202-512-2250. Phone: 202-512-1800 (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Eastern time). Order stock number 033-000-01185-7.

Wingless Flight: The Lifting Body Story. (NASA SP-4220, 1997), by R. Dale Reed with Darlene Lister, tells the dramatic story of the most unusual flying machines ever flown. Eight different lifting body configurations were flown at the NASA Flight Research Center (FRC) at Edwards, California, over a 12 year period from 1963 to 1975. These wingless vehicles were precursors of today's Space Shuttle, the X-33, and the X-38, providing engineering data that shaped all three space vehicles. This book is available from the U.S. Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. FAX: 202-512-2250. Phone: 202-512-1800 (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Eastern time). Order stock number 033-000-01191-1. All of these books may also be purchased from the NASA Information Center, Code CMI-1, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, Room 1H23, Washington, DC 20546-0001, 202-358-0000.


Howard E. McCurdy’s Space and the American Imagination, sponsored by the NASA History Division and published by Smithsonian Institution Press in November 1997 ($29.95, ISBN: 1560987642), has received much favorable attention. The 12 December 1997, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education noted the book along with a full-color photograph of its dust cover. Publisher’s Weekly, 27 October 1997, called it "brilliant" and recommended it for all general audiences. In an editorial in Space News ("Why Has the Station Survived?" 5-11 January 1997, p. 15), John M. Logsdon used the book to make the point that "adventure, mystery, and exploration" remain compelling objectives of the human endeavor in space.

With the December 1997 publication of Mack Herring’s Way Station to Space: A History of the John C. Stennis Space Center (NASA SP-4310, 1997), interest in the Center and its mission over time along the Gulf Coast has reached a higher point than seen in years. Indeed the book has "taken off" in the local market. Ellis C. Cuevas wrote in the 25 January 1998, Sea Coast Echo that "One of the ‘hottest’ books in the area is titled Way Station to Space," and that it "will be read and re-read for generations to come." He added, "My Compliments go to Herring on doing what I consider a great job in bringing everything together about the test site and its history." The Gulf Coast’s Sun Herald published a major story on the book and its author in its 25 January 1998 issue, including a photograph of the book’s striking dust cover.


Pamela E. Mack is the editor of a collected work on the nineteen NACA/NASA research projects that have received the prestigious Collier Trophy. This award was first received by the agency in 1929 for advances by NACA in engine cowling design, and most recently in 1993 for the Hubble Servicing Mission. From Engineering Science to Big Science: The NACA/NASA Winners of the Robert J. Collier Trophy for Aerospace Research and Development (NASA SP-4219) is slated for publication in spring 1998.

Also to be published in spring 1998 is Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program, Volume III, Using Space (NASA SP-4407, 1997), edited by John M. Logsdon, with Roger D. Launius, David K. Onkst, and Stephen J. Garber. This work will consist of about 150 key documents relating to the space age grouped by topic and arranged chronologically. The major sections of this volume will include the evolution of satellite communications, the development of remote sensing, and the shift in the United States from government monopoly to space commerce.

In 1998 we also anticipate publishing Power to Explore: A History of the Marshall Space Flight Center (NASA SP-4312), by Andrew J. Dunar and Stephen P. Waring. This history analyzes the development of Marshall from its origins as an army center, through the Wernher von Braun era, to the present.

Sputnik, NASA, and the Origins of the Space Age (Monographs in Aerospace History, No. 8) will also appear in 1998. This monograph, containing a narrative and key documents on the origins of the Agency, will be issued to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of NASA’s formation on 1 October 1958.

The History Division will be publishing, also for the NASA fortieth anniversary, a work entitled, The Legislative Origins of the Space Act: A Collective Oral History (Monographs in Aerospace History, No. 9). It will consist of a group oral history by key participants in the effort made in 1958 to write and pass the legislation that created NASA.


Ronald A. Schorn’s Phoenix: NASA and the Rebirth of Planetary Astronomy is due out soon. Published by Texas A&M University Press, this book discusses the history of ground- and space-based astronomy, with a focus on the twentieth century.

Joan L. Bromberg’s NASA/Industry Relations in the U.S. Space Program, 1958-1990 will be the latest volume in the Johns Hopkins University Press New Series in NASA History. Projected out in fall 1998, this book analyzes the relationship between NASA and its contractors from NASA’s founding through the release of the seminal Augustine Commission Report in 1990.


The NASA History Division is sponsoring a research project leading to a book with the tentative title, "Grand Tour: A History of Project Voyager." This project will lead to a comprehensive, academically sound, well-documented, peer reviewed, book-length manuscript acceptable for publication by a scholarly press. The solicitation for this project closed recently, a team of reviewers completed its review, and we anticipate being able to make an award for the contract in March 1998.

Pending funding, the NASA History Division would very much like to award a contract in 1998 for a history of the Centaur upper stage rocket developed by NASA during the 1960s and 1970s. Stay tuned for further information on this possibility.


On 19-20 March 1998, the annual meeting of the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) will take place at Archives II in College Park, MD, and it will feature a session on aerospace history. The theme for the SHFG meeting is "Interpreting Federal History: Documents, Artifacts, and Structures," and involves a full range of papers. The aerospace history session is set to take place on 20 March at 1:30-3:00 p.m., with the theme, "Recent Interpretations in Federal Aerospace History." Papers will include: "Why No ‘Astronauttes’: Gender Bias and Political Priorities in NASA and the Federal Government," Margaret A. Weitekamp, Cornell University; "The Department of Defense and the ‘Holy Grail’ of Affordable Space Launch Capability," Frank Sietzen, Jr., Editor, Military Space, Arlington, VA; and "Rational Decision-making, Irrational Personality: A Reexamination of the Kennedy Decision to Go to the Moon," Stephen J. Garber, NASA History Division.

Information on registering for the conference can be obtained from the World Wide Web at: http:// or by writing to SHFG Annual Meeting Registration, Box 14139, Benjamin Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044.


The American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) History Technical Committee is sponsoring three major activities at the AIAA Global Air and Space Conference on 6 May 1998. One is a discussion of an Aviation Archive Initiative, aimed at creating an apparatus to preserve the historical legacy of the aviation industry. Second, the AIAA History Technical Committee will hold its annual meeting. Finally, the 2003 Project will be discussed relating to the centennial anniversary of powered flight and the opportunities that it presents for those interested in aerospace history. For further information contact Ben Sarao, e-mail bsarao@, or by telephone at 201-939-2559.


On-Mars: Exploration of the Red Planet 1958-1978, by Edward Ezell and Linda Ezell, is now available on the World Wide Web at http://www.hq. Chris Gamble did a terrific job of laying out the complete text of this key book on Martian exploration in a very attractive Web format.

Interested in Senator John Glenn’s upcoming second spaceflight? Due to strong public interest, the NASA History Division created a new Web page with links to personal information about Glenn, his historic Mercury flight, medical research on the links between aging and spaceflight, and other Web pages. It is located at office/pao/History/glenn.htm.

Computers in Spaceflight: The NASA Experience is now on the World Wide Web at James E. Tomayko wrote this contracted report in 1988. A relatively unique document, this report covers computers in the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Shuttle programs, as well as for robotic spacecraft and ground systems. Again kudos go to Chris Gamble, who did a fine job formatting the complete text of this prime reference document for the Web.


The NASA History Division has started an internship program for undergraduates. We are looking for interns, beginning with the summer 1998 semester. The unpaid internship would be at least 20 hours per week. College sophomores and juniors are preferred. The intern will have the opportunity to take on significant responsibility in editing, doing research, answering information requests, and preparing documents in HTML for the World Wide Web. See on the Web or contact Steve Garber at


A few duplicate sets of a collection of slides with portraits of astronomers are available for suitable libraries. The collection was assembled by the late John Irwin, an astronomer at Kean College. Contact Spencer Weart, Center for History of Physics, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, e-mail



NASA’s Center for Aerospace Information (CASI), sponsored by the NASA Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Program, is moving to a new lcoation, effective 1 April 1998. The new address will be NASA Center for Aerospace Information, Parkway Center 7121 Standard Drive, Hanover, MD 21076-1320. CASI will still be accessible through the Web at, via e-mail at, or by phone at 301-621-0390.


To mark the 40th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) in 1957-1958, the Saddleback College Central Library in Mission Viejo, CA has organized a special exhibit of books and papers. The exhibit will be displayed during April 1998. Contact Ann Hagerty at 714-582-4544.


The University of North Dakota and CSPACE Press announce the transfer in ownership of Quest: The Magazine of Spaceflight from CSPACE to the Department of Space Studies at UND. After a hiatus of one year, the five-year old magazine will resume publication this spring, with the next issue scheduled for delivery by late June 1998. The magazine will return to its roots of exclusively covering the history of spaceflight, and will consequently change its name to Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly. The new editor will be Dr. Stephen B. Johnson, historian of technology, and assistant professor at UND. Dr. Johnson states that "our aim is to make Quest the journal of choice for space historians, with fully peer-reviewed articles, along with well-written shorter pieces that will entertain as well as educate." For information regarding Quest, see the Web page at, e-mail or contact Suezette Bieri at 701-777-2480. Subscriptions can be mailed to UND--Quest, Space Studies Dept., Grand Forks, ND 58202-9008. Prior to May 1, single-year rates are $24.95 U.S., $30 in Canada or Mexico, and $40 overseas. After May 1, rates will increase by $5 for each category. Write your checks to UND--Quest. UND also accepts Visa or MasterCard.


The University of Maryland, College Park Committee on the History and Philosophy of Science, is sponsoring a miniseries of talks on "Big Science, Little Science." Dates for upcoming colloquia are March 5, April 9, and April 16. The featured speakers, respectively, will be Andrew Butrica, talking on planetary radar astronomy; Mark Parascandola, from the Public Health Service History Office; and Deborah Douglas, from NASA’s Langley Research Center. Colloquia are held at 4 p.m. in the Plant Sciences Building, Room 1130. For further details, view on the Web, e-mail, or call 301-405-5691.


The League of World War I Aviation Historians is sponsoring a student paper competition for undergraduate and graduate students. Monetary prizes will be awarded for the best original papers on any aspect of aviation during World War I. Papers should be at least 10 typed, double-spaced pages with bibliography and source notes at the end and should include a reference to the student’s accredited institution. Submit entries by 31 May 1998, to Mr. Noel Shirley, 727 Swanswood Court, San Jose, CA 95120.


The Albatrosses, the aerospace history interest group of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), invite proposals for papers or whole sessions for the next SHOT Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, October 15-18, 1998. All proposals will be considered that relate to the political, social, cultural, economic, military or technical history of aerospace technology, but especially favored will be proposals for a coherent panel or theme. Contact Michael Neufeld, Aeronautics Division (MRC 312), National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560; phone (202) 633-9706; fax (202) 786-2447; e-mail or

The International Congress of Historical Sciences will be held in Oslo, Norway on 6-13 August, 2000. Proposals for individual papers or panels should be about 200 words and accompanied by a curriculum vitae. Send proposals by 31 March 1998 to Renate Bridental, Ph.D. Program in History, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York, 33 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036-8099.

The History of Science Society will hold its annual meeting in Kansas City on 21-25 October 1998. Proposals for papers and sessions should be submitted by 1 April 1998 to the History of Science Executive Secretary’s Office, Box 351330, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1330, 206-543-9366, fax 206-685-9544.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences is a new journal whose first issue will be published in 1998. The journal will be devoted to historical, sociological, philosophical and ethical aspects of the life and environmental sciences, of the sciences of mind and behavior, and of the medical and biomedical sciences and technologies. Contributions should be sent to Marina Frasca-Spada, Associate Editor, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, U.K., e-mail: mfs10@cam.


The 1998 Landmarks Conference on American History called "Visualizing History for the Public" will take place on 5-7 March 1998. Sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and American University, this conference is free but pre-registration is recommended. Contact Katherine Ott at 202-885-2409 or call 202-357-2413.

On 12-14 March 1998, the 9th annual Women in Aviation Conference will be held at the Adam’s Mark Denver Hotel in Denver, CO. Contact: Women in Aviation International, Morningstar Airport, 3647 State Route 503 South, West Alexandria, OH 45381; e-mail

The History of Philosophy of Science Working Group will hold its second conference on 12-15 March 1998. This meeting is organized in cooperation with the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame. For further information contact HOPOS '98 Conference, Harriet Baldwin,, Center for Continuing Education, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, e-mail

On 13-15 March 1998 the annual meeting of the Business History Conference will be "First Class: The Business of Government and the Government of Business." The meeting will be held in College Park, Maryland. Contact: Jeremy Atack, Dept. of Economics, P.O. Box 1819, Stn. B, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN 37235, e-mail: atackJ@

The eleventh annual Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Seminar will be held in Washington, DC on 16-18 March, 1998. Contact Helen McMahon, National Air and Space Museum, Office of Cooperative Programs-MRC 310, Washington, DC 20560, 202-357-4473.

On 18-19 March 1998 the American Astronautical Society (AAS) will hold its 36th Annual Goddard Memorial Symposium in Greenbelt, MD. Contact: AAS, 6352 Rolling Mill Place, Suite #102, Springfield, VA 22152.

On 19-20 March 1998 the Society for History in the Federal Government will hold its annual meeting in College Park, MD. Contact: Society for History in the Federal Government, Box 14139 Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044-4139.

On 25-28 March 1998, the 31st annual National Congress on Aviation and Space Education will be held in St. Louis, MO. Contact: Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters/ETA, 105 South Hansell Street, Building 714, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6332; 334-953-5095; fax 334-953-4235; e-mail

On 2-5 April 1998, the Organization of American Historians will hold its annual meeting in Indianapolis, IN. For additional information contact: Organization of American Historians, 112 North Bryan Street, Bloomington, IN 47408-4199.

On 8-11 April 1998, the Popular Culture Association will host a multidisciplinary symposium entitled "The Vietnam War and Its Era" in Orlando, Florida. Contact: Tony Edmonds, History Department, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306; 765-285-2779.

On 16-19 April 1998 the annual meeting of the National Council on Public History will be held in Austin, Texas. Contact: Kris C. Mitchell, Batelle-Pantex, P.O. Box 30020, Bldg. 12-2B, Amarillo TX 79120-0010, e-mail:

On 17-19 April 1998, the Midwest Junto for the History of Science will meet in Minneapolis. Contact the Program in the History of Science and Technology, 342E Physics Building, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, e-mail Ed Layton at

On 23-25 April 1998 the annual meeting of the Economic and Business Historical Society will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Contact: Gene Smiley, Dept. of Economics, Marquette University, P. O. Box 1881, Milwaukee WI 53201-1881, 414-288-5664.

On 23-26 April 1998 the Society for Military History will hold its annual meeting in Lisle/ Napierville, IL. Contact: Charles R. Shrader, Executive Director, Society for Military History, 910 Forbes Road, Carlisle, PA 17013.

On 27-30 April 1998 the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will hold its 8th Annual International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference at the Waterside Marriott Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia. Contact: AIAA, 1801 Alexander Bell Dr., Suite 500, Reston VA 20191-4333,

On 6 May 1998 the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) History Technical Committee will meet at the AIAA Global Air and Space Conference. For further information contact Ben Sarao, e-mail bsarao@, or by telephone at 201-939-2559.

On 6-10 May 1998 the Council on America’s Military Past will hold its annual meeting in Lexington, KY. Contact CAMP ’98 Conference, Box 1151, Ft. Myer, VA 22211-1151.

On 20-22 May 1998 the American Helicopter Society will hold its 54th Annual Forum and Technology Display at the Washington Sheraton in Washington, D.C. The theme will be "Realizing the V/STOL Vision." Contact: American Helicopter Society, 217 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-684-6777, fax 739-9279.

The American Geophysical Union will hold its spring meeting on 26-29 May 1998 In Boston, MA. The theme of the meeting is "Geophysics and the Military: Historical Perspectives." Contact the American Geophysical Union, Meetings Department, 2000 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009-1277, 202-462-6900 or 800-966-2481.

On 3-4 June 1998 the AAS will host the second National Space Forum in Washington, DC. Contact the AAS, 6352 Rolling Mill Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22152, 703-866-0020.

The second annual Los Alamos International Conference on the Cold War will take place on 9-12 August 1998. Contact Marjorie Bell Chambers, Conference Chair, 336 Andanada, Los Alamos, NM 87544, e-mail

On 18-22 August 1998 the 25th Symposium of the International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) will be held in Lisbon, Portugal. Contact: Prof. Carroll Pursell, History Dept., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH 44106, e-mail:

On 19-23 August 1998, a conference on Problems in the Historiography of Recent Science, Technology, and Medicine will take place in Denmark. Contact Thomas Soderqvist, Division of Philosophy and Theory of Science, Roskilde University , Box 260, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark, e-mail

On 23-26 September 1998 the annual Society of Experimental Test Pilots Symposium will be held in Beverly Hills, CA. Contact the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, 44814 N. Elm Avenue, Lancaster, CA 93534, 805-940-0398, e-mail

The National Archives and Records Administration is cosponsoring a conference with the Unviersity of Maryland on 25-26 September 1998. The conference, "The Power of Free Inquiry and Cold War International History," will take place in College Park, MD. Contact Tim Wehrkamp by e-mail at or by calling 301-713-6655 x 229.

"The World Takes Flight" is a major conference on aviation/aerospace history scheduled for 1-3 October 1998, at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. Focusing on the first century of powered flight, the conference will include presentations on three thematic areas: Flight and Society; Flight and Public Policy; and Flight Technology. Contact: Aviation History Conference, Conferences and Events, Rm E180 Student Union, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45434-0001.

On 15-18 October, 1998 the Journal of Policy History will host a conference in St. Louis, MO. Contact Policy Conference, Journal of Policy History, St. Louis University, 221 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108.

The biennial meeting of the History and Philosophy of Science Association will be held on 21-23 October 1998 in Kansas City, MO. Contact Don Howard, Chair, PSA 1998 Program Committee, History and Philosophy of Science Association, 346 O’Shaughnessy, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, e-mail

On 28 October-1 November 1998 the Society for the Social Studies of Science and the Environmental Studies Association of Canada will host a conference on "Science, Technology and the Rise of Nature," in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Contact Gary Bowden, Chair 4S/ESAC Conference, Department of Sociology, University of New Brunswick, Box 4400, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada E3B 5A3, fax 506-453-4659, e-mail

The National Meeting of the American Astronautical Society will be held 16-19 November 1998 at the South Shore Harbour, Houston, TX. For further information contact AAS, 6352 Rolling Mill Place, Ste. #102, Springfield VA 22152, 703-866-0020.

The Department of the Interior and the San Diego Natural History Museum are cosponsoring the Second Conference on Partnership Opportunities for Federally-Associated Collections on 18-20 November 1998 in San Diego. Contact Ronald Wilson, Museum Policy Manager, Department of the Interior, Mail Stop 5512, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240, 202-208-3438, e-mail

On 19-22 November 1998 the Social Science History Association will hold its annual conference in Chicago, IL. Contact Thomas J. Sugrue, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania, 3401 Walnut Street, 352B, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6228, 215-898-0293, fax 215-573-2089, e-mail

On 7-10 January 1999 the American Historical Association will hold its annual meeting in Washington, DC. For further information contact the American Historical Association, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003, 202-544-2422.

On 22-25 April 1999 the Organization of American Historians will meet in Toronto, Ontario Canada. For further information contact: Organization of American Historians, 112 Bryan Street, Bloomington, IN 47408, 812-855-7311, fax: 812-855-0696, e-mail:


Bizony, Piers. The Rivers of Mars: Searching for the Cosmic Origins of Life. London: Aurum Press, 1997.

Caiden, Martin, and Barbree, Jay, with Wright, Susan. Destination Mars: In Art, Myth, and Science. New York: Penguin Studio, 1997.

Dauber, Philip M., and Muller, Richard A. The Three Big Bangs: Comet Crashes, Exploding Stars, and the Creation of the Universe. New York: Addison Wesley Longman, Helix Books, 1997.

Engen, Donald D. Wings and Warriors: My Life as a Naval Aviator. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997. Smithsonian History of Aviation Book Series.

Gouré, Daniel, and Szara, Christopher M. Editors. Air Space Power in the New Millennium. Washington, DC: The Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1997.

Hallion, Richard P. Supersonic Flight: Breaking the Sound Barrier and Beyond, The Story of the Bell X-1 and Douglas D-558. London, England: Brassey’s, 1997. Revised edition of 1972 publication.

Harford, James J. Korolev: How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive to Beat America to the Moon. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.

David M. Harland, The Mir Space Station: A Precursor to Space Colonization. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.

Harrison, Albert A. After Contact: The Human Response to Extraterrestrial Life. New York: Plenum Press, 1997.

Heppenheimer, T.A. Countdown: The History of Space Exploration. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.

Hoban, Francis T. Where Do You Go After You've Been to the Moon? A Case Study of NASA's Pioneering Effort at Change. Malabar, FL: Krieger Publishing Co., 1997.

Hoskin, Michael. Editor. The Cambridge Illustrated History of Astronomy. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Hoyle, Fred, and Wickramasinghe, Chandra. Life on Mars? The Case for a Cosmic Heritage. London, England: Clinical Press, Ltd., 1997.

Launius, Roger D., and McCurdy, Howard E. Editors. Spaceflight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997.

Nalty, Bernard C. Editor. Winged Shield, Winged Sword: A History of the United States Air Force. 2 Vols. Washington, DC: Air Force History and Museums Program, 1997.

Owen, Kenneth. Concorde and the Americans: International Politics of the Supersonic Transport. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997. Smithsonian History of Aviation Book Series.

Peebles, Curtis. The Corona Project: America’s First Spy Satellites. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997.

Piccirillo, Albert C., Aronstein, David C. The Lightweight Fighter Program: A Successful Approach to Fighter Technology Transition. Reston, VA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1997.

Sagan, Carl. Billions and Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium. New York: Random House, 1997.

Swift, David W. Voyager Tales: Personal Views of the Grand Tour. Reston, VA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1997.

Von Benke, Matthew J. The Politics of Space: A History of U.S.-Soviet/Russian Competition and Cooperation in Space. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1997.

Wright, Bill. Rearwin: A Story of Men, Planes, and Aircraft Manufacturing During the Great Depression. Manhattan, KS: Sunflower University Press, 1997.

Zachary, G. Pascal. Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century. New York: The Free Press, 1997.


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