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Author Cassutt, Michael, author.

Title The astronaut maker : how one mysterious engineer ran human spaceflight for a generation / Michael Cassutt.

Publication Info. Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2018]


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  92 Abbey,G CAS    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 ABBEY,G CAS    Available
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 PAS Linda Vista Branch Non-Fiction    92 ABBEY,G CAS    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description xix, 460 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 423-439) and index.
Contents Part I: "Don't send me there" -- October sky -- The Abbeys -- Annapolis -- Air Force -- Dyna-Soar -- Boeing -- Part II: "Before this decade is out" -- Destination: Moon -- North American Aviation -- Houston and the Manned Spacecraft Center -- Astronaut Abbey -- The Phillips Report -- Flight -- Countdown -- Ashes -- Commitment -- From the Earth to the Moon -- Challenge -- One week in August -- Part III: "The quintessential staffer" -- Mission accomplished -- Apollo 13 -- Stability -- Gravity -- The Space Shuttle -- The Soviets -- Skylab -- The Ace Moving Company -- Apollo-Soyuz -- Part IV: "Ten consecutive miracles followed by an Act of God" -- The right stuff -- The next generation -- Approach and landing -- Thirty-five new guys -- Problems -- Those other astronauts -- STS-1 -- Part V: "Go at throttle up" -- The used spaceship -- Operational flight -- Frequent flying -- 1984 -- The breaking point -- The day the Earth stood still -- Recovery -- Marooned -- Part VI: "A national quasi-emergency" -- PEPCON -- The Space Exploration Initiative -- Synthesis -- Space Council -- Dan Goldin -- Space cowboys -- Redesign -- Hubble rescue -- A space odyssey -- Return to the JSC -- Part VII: "Together to the stars " -- A new direction -- The total equation -- Crises on Mir -- First element -- End game -- The journey continues.
Summary "One of the most elusive and controversial figures in NASA's history, George W.S. Abbey was called "the Dark Lord," "the Godfather," and "UNO" (unidentified NASA official) by those within NASA. From young pilot and wannabe astronaut to engineer, bureaucrat, and finally director of the Johnson Space Center ("mission control"), Abbey's story has never been fully told--until now. This fascinating account takes readers inside NASA to learn the real story of how Abbey rose to power and wielded it out of the spotlight. Informed by countless hours of interviews with Abbey and his family, friends, adversaries, and former colleagues, The Astronaut Maker is the ultimate insider's account of ambition and power politics at NASA"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Abbey, George, 1932-
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Management -- History.
Aerospace engineers -- United States -- Biography.
Government executives -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Other Form: Online version: Cassutt, Michael. Astronaut maker. First edition. Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, 2018 9781613737019 (DLC) 2018000759
ISBN 9781613737002 (hardback) $30.00
1613737009 (hardback) $30.00

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