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xv, 143 pages, 20 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Foreword by Francis French
  • Launch morning
  • Beginnings
  • Astronaut selection
  • Going back to Houston
  • After the fire
  • Liftoff
  • Rendezvous
  • The grandeur of earth
  • Return to earth
  • Splashdown
  • Home
  • After the flight
  • Afterword by Susie Eisele Black
  • Historical overview by Amy Shira Teitel.
In October 1968 Donn Eisele flew with fellow astronauts Walt Cunningham and Wally Schirra into Earth orbit in Apollo 7. The first manned mission in the Apollo program and the first manned flight after a fire during a launch pad test killed three astronauts in early 1967, Apollo 7 helped restart NASA's manned-spaceflight program. Known to many as a goofy, lighthearted prankster, Eisele worked his way from the U.S. Naval Academy to test pilot school and then into the select ranks of America's prestigious astronaut corps. He was originally on the crew of Apollo 1 before being replaced due to injury. After that crew died in a horrific fire, Eisele was on the crew selected to return Americans to space. Despite the success of Apollo 7, Eisele never flew in space again, as divorce and a testy crew commander led to the three astronauts being labeled as troublemakers. Unbeknownst to everyone, after his retirement as a technical assistant for manned spaceflight at NASA's Langley Research Center in 1972, Eisele wrote in detail about his years in the air force and his time in the Apollo program. Long after his death, Francis French discovered Eisele's unpublished memoir, and Susie Eisele Black (Donn's widow) allowed French access to her late husband's NASA files and personal effects. Readers can now experience an Apollo story they assumed would never be written as well as the story behind its discovery.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780803262836 20170117
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
187 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 28 cm
  • *Featuring interviews and insight from astronauts who have flown on Apollo, Soyuz, Shuttle and ISS missions.*Beginnings - the origins of the word 'astronaut', and astronauts in science fiction, literature and poetry.*Selection and recruitment - previous astronaut intakes, types of astronaut jobs, interviews, tests and selection/rejection, NASA's 45-page application form.*Astronaut missions - sub-orbital, Earth orbit, rendezvous and docking, ISS, lunar orbit, Moon landing, driving on the Moon, future missions, Mars.*Space suits - purpose, design, components, evolution, potential dangers.*The astronaut's equipment - spacewalk equipment, equipment operated from inside the spacecraft, personal equipment.*Training for Earth orbit - training for weightlessness, spacewalk training, airlock, mission simulation, training for emergencies.*Training for beyond Earth - landing on the Moon, driving the Lunar Rover, asteroid capture, geology fieldwork training, one-sixth gravity mobility training, Mars mission simulations.*The experience of space - arriving in space, views from space, The Earth, Moon rise, the stars, the Earth at night, the aurora borealis, daily life in orbit, the effects of weightlessness.*Working in orbit - experiments, repairs, astronomy, breakdowns.*Personal time in space - leisure, exercise, photography, communications. * Epilogue - returning to Earth. * Appendices - astronauts' accomplishments, glossary/abbreviations.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781785210617 20170410
This book provides an insight into what an astronaut does, the experience of space flight, the equipment he uses, and what it takes to become an astronaut. Although concentrating on contemporary astronaut selection and flight, especially with NASA, ESA and Russia, it also covers astronaut experiences of pioneering missions of the past and some proposed for the near future, such as lunar flight and landing, asteroid rendezvous and travel to Mars. The engaging text, illustrated with a wide range of photographs and illustrations, and featuring unique insight from astronauts past and present, takes the reader on a fascinating journey through an astronaut's career - from selection and training, through experiences in space, to returning to life on Earth after experiencing the vastness of space. Essential reading for space enthusiasts and anybody interested in learning about what it takes to become an astronaut.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781785210617 20170410
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xxiv, 227 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Introduction: Human culture and space heritage
  • Cultural context of Apollo culture
  • Early propulsion development sites and the risks of space flight
  • Rocket testing sites
  • Facilities to protect human life and safety
  • Astronaut training sites
  • Legal frameworks for historic preservation
  • Preservation of space heritage using models from the sea and antarctica
  • Threats to space heritage sites
  • Preservation works: success stories in space history
  • Looking ahead.
This book considers the archaeology of the facilities and sites on Earth that helped facilitate the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
206 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some colour) ; 22 cm
Right now, above our heads nearly imperceptible to us but hugely important to how we live are thousands of man-made objects that we have sent into space. Ubiquitous but mysterious, satellites are the technological infrastructure of our globally connected world, helping us do everything from orient ourselves on a map to watch our favorite television shows. Yet we rarely ever think about them. In this book, Doug Millard pays overdue tribute to the stoic existence of the satellite, tracing its simultaneous pathways through the cold silence of space and the noisy turbulence of the past century. How satellites ever came to be is, in itself, a remarkable story. Telling an astonishing history of engineering experimentation and ingenuity, Millard shows how the Cold War space race made the earliest satellites ones like Sputnik, Telstar, and Early Bird household names. He describes how they evolved into cultural signifiers that represented not only our scientific capabilities but our capacity for imagination, our ability to broaden the scope of our vision to the farthest reaches. From there he follows the proliferation of satellites in the second half of the twentieth century, examining their many different forms, how they evolved, all the things they do, what they have enabled, and how they have influenced our popular culture. Ultimately, Millard asks what we can still expect, what sort of space age the satellite has initiated that is yet to be fully realized. Published in association with the Science Museum, London, this beautifully illustrated book will appeal to any fan of space exploration and technology. ".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781780236599 20170321
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
99 pages ; 28 cm.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
x, 189 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Introduction Chapter 1 - "It Could Have Been Otherwise": Bicycles and Motorcycles Chapter 2 - Roads: Mobility, Bicycles, Motorcycles Chapter 3 - Rubber and Steel: The "Raw" Materials Chapter 4 - Textiles: Machines, Fabrics, Fabrication Chapter 5 - The Paradoxes of Class and Gender among Bicyclists and Motorcyclists Chapter 6 - The Embodied Cyclist and Freedom Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498528795 20160704
This book offers an account of two-wheeled vehicle development that challenges the common evolutionary model of development from the bicycle to the motorcycle. It examines the bicycle and motorcycle as material objects and focuses on the complex socio-political and economic convergences that produced the materials, which in turn shaped the vehicles' appearance, function, and adoption by riders.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498528795 20160704
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
volumes : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm.
  • Vol. 1. L'ère des biplans
"Les avions Breguet ont marqué tout le XXème siècle, puisque les premiers travaux datent de 1905 et qu'il y avait encore des Breguet opérationnels à l'aube du XXlême, 45 ans après la mort de Louis Breguet. Celui-ci, comme on pouvait l'attendre du produit d'une des Grandes Ecoles françaises, a été remarqué pour sa démarche intellectuelle, typique d'un ingénieur, qui consiste à évaluer quantitativement, par la théorie et l'expérience, les paramètres en jeu, et à définir ainsi des bilans, des rendements ou autres indices de performance. Appliquée à des concepts qui ne se sont pas tous avérés très pertinents, et appuyée par le talent de ses Ingénieurs en Chef Vullierme puis Ricard, cette méthode a conduit à plus d'une centaine de types identifiés dont le Breguet XIV de la victoire de 1918, le 19TF de Coste et Bellonte et le quadrimoteur Deux-Ponts des lignes aériennes Métropole-Algérie. Avec ce dernier l'intérêt que Louis Breguet avait manifesté, depuis le début et sans interruption, pour le transport aérien, trouve enfin son épanouissement. Mais bien d'autres domaines comme les voilures tournantes ou l'hydraviation ont été approfondis avec quelque succès. C'est une grande page de l'aéronautique française qui est présentée, illustrée et commentée dans les 2 volumes de cet ouvrage."--Page 4 of cover.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and color) ; 23 cm
NASA's history is a familiar story, one that typically peaks with Neil Armstrong taking his small step on the Moon in 1969. But America's space agency wasn't created in a vacuum. It was assembled from pre-existing parts, drawing together some of the best minds the non-Soviet world had to offer. In the 1930s, rockets were all the rage in Germany, the focus both of scientists hoping to fly into space and of the German armed forces, looking to circumvent the restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles. One of the key figures in this period was Wernher von Braun, an engineer who designed the rockets that became the devastating V-2. As the war came to its chaotic conclusion, von Braun escaped from the ruins of Nazi Germany, and was taken to America where he began developing missiles for the US Army. Meanwhile, the US Air Force was looking ahead to a time when men would fly in space, and test pilots like Neil Armstrong were flying cutting-edge, rocket-powered aircraft in the thin upper atmosphere. Breaking the Chains of Gravity tells the story of America's nascent space program, its scientific advances, its personalities and the rivalries it caused between the various arms of the US military. At this point getting a man in space became a national imperative, leading to the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, otherwise known as NASA.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781472911179 20160619
NASA's history is a familiar story, one that typically peaks with Neil Armstrong taking his small step on the Moon in 1969. But America's space agency - and in particular its Apollo lunar-landing program - wasn't created in a vacuum. It was assembled from pre-existing parts, drawing together some of the best minds the non-Soviet world had to offer. In the 1930s, rockets were all the rage in the Germany, the focus both of scientists hoping to fly into space and of the Wehrmacht, seeking weapons with which to circumvent the restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles. These two strands came together in Wernher von Braun, an engineer who designed the rockets that became the devastating V-2. As the war came to its chaotic conclusion, von Braun orchestrated a daring escape from the ruins of Nazi Germany, and was taken to America where he began developing missiles for the US Army. Ten years later his Redstone rocket was the only one capable of launching a satellite into orbit. Just what that satellite would be was under the remit of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the leading body in aeronautical research in the United States. While working out how to get a nuclear warhead through the atmosphere, NACA pioneered a round-bottomed capsule that could also keep men safe when returning from space. Meanwhile, the US Air Force was looking ahead to a time when men would fly in space; pilots were riding to the fringes of space in balloons to see how humans handled radiation at high altitude, while test pilots like Neil Armstrong flew cutting-edge, rocket-powered aircraft in the thin upper atmosphere. With a narrative featuring a number of key historical figures, Breaking the Chains of Gravity tells the story of America's nascent space program, its scientific advances, its personalities and the rivalries it caused between the various arms of the United States military, right up to the launch of Sputnik in 1957. At this point getting a man in space became a national imperative, leading to the creation by Dwight D. Eisenhower of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781472911186 20160619
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xiii, 378 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Introduction : pure oxygen
  • 1926
  • Work
  • Purdue
  • Wingman
  • Test pilot
  • Mercury seven
  • Extracurricular activities
  • The flight of Liberty Bell 7
  • Down a peg
  • Apogee
  • Risk and reward
  • How astronauts talk
  • Front of the line
  • Death at 218 feet
  • Abandon in place.
Unlike other American astronauts, Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom never had the chance to publish his memoirs-save for an account of his role in the Gemini program-before the tragic launch pad fire on January 27, 1967, which took his life and those of Edward White and Roger Chaffee. The international prestige of winning the Moon Race cannot be understated, and Grissom played a pivotal and enduring role in securing that legacy for the United States. Indeed, Grissom was first and foremost a Cold Warrior, a member of the first group of Mercury astronauts whose goal it was to beat the Soviet Union to the moon. Drawing on extensive interviews with fellow astronauts, NASA engineers, family members, and friends of Gus Grissom, George Leopold delivers a comprehensive survey of Grissom's life that places his career in the context of the Cold War and the history of human spaceflight. Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom adds significantly to our understanding of that tumultuous period in American history.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781557537454 20160815
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xxxvii, 575 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
When the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on January 28, 1986, millions of Americans became bound together in a single, historic moment. Many still vividly remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard about the tragedy. Diane Vaughan recreates the steps leading up to that fateful decision, contradicting conventional interpretations to prove that what occurred at NASA was not skullduggery or misconduct but a disastrous mistake. Why did NASA managers, who not only had all the information prior to the launch but also were warned against it, decide to proceed? In retelling how the decision unfolded through the eyes of the managers and the engineers, Vaughan uncovers an incremental descent into poor judgment, supported by a culture of high-risk technology. She reveals how and why NASA insiders, when repeatedly faced with evidence that something was wrong, normalized the deviance so that it became acceptable to them. In a new preface, Vaughan reveals the ramifications for this book and for her when a similar decision-making process brought down NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226346823 20160619
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xxviii, 386 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • A routine training flight : Capt. Theodore Cordy Freeman, USAF
  • Gemini twins : Elliot McKay See Jr., Capt. Charles Arthur Bassett II, USAF
  • Countdown to disaster : Lt. Col. Virgil Ivan Grissom, USAF, Lt. Ccol. Edward Higgins White II, USAF, Lt. Cdr. Roger Bruce Chaffee, USN
  • By the light of a Soviet moon : Russia's cosmonauts
  • A lonely stretch of road : Maj. Edward Galen Givens Jr., USAF
  • Mayday, mayday! : Maj. Clifton Curtis Williams Jr., USMC
  • Epilogue.
A tribute to sixteen space pioneers. Near the end of the Apollo 15 mission, David Scott and fellow moonwalkerJames Irwin conducted a secret ceremony unsanctioned byNASA: they placed on the lunar soil a small tin figurine called "TheFallen Astronaut, " along with a plaque bearing a list of names. Bytelling the stories of those sixteen astronauts and cosmonauts whodied in the quest to reach the moon between 1962 and 1972, thisbook enriches the saga of humankind's greatest scientific undertaking, Project Apollo, and conveys the human cost of the space race. Many people are aware of the first manned Apollo mission, in whichGus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee lost their lives in a fireduring a ground test, but few know of the other five fallen astronautswhose stories this book tells as well, including Ted Freeman and C. C.Williams, who died in the crashes of their T-38 jets; the "Gemini Twins, "Charlie Bassett and Elliot See, killed when their jet slammed into thebuilding where their Gemini capsule was undergoing final construction; and Ed Givens, whose fatal car crash has until now been obscuredby rumors. Supported by extensive interviews and archival material, the extraordinary lives and accomplishments of these and other fallenastronauts-including eight Russian cosmonauts who lost their livesduring training-unfold here in intimate and compelling detail. Theirstories return us to a stirring time in the history of our nation andremind us of the cost of fulfilling our dreams. This revised editionincludes expanded and revised biographies and additional photographs.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780803285095 20160704
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
1101 pages, 3 unnumbered pages, 64 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xi, 245 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Preface: Dessau: the city in green
  • Introduction
  • The war years, 1914-1918
  • The Russian affair, 1918-1924
  • Diverging paths, 1921-1926
  • On the edge, 1927-1932
  • Twilight and eclipse, 1932-1935.
Hugo Junkers (1859-1935) was a German engineer and aircraft designer generally credited as the pioneer of all-metal airplanes. His company, Junkers Flugzeug- und Motorenwerke AG, more commonly referred to simply as "Junkers, " became a major German aircraft manufacturer based in Dessau. From humble beginnings producing boilers and radiators, by World War II the company was producing some of the most successful Luftwaffe planes, including the Ju 88, the primary bomber of the German air force. Hugo Junkers himself, however, was a socialist pacifist who saw aviation as a way to unify the world. Soon aft er the Nazi party came to power in 1933, Junkers was forced to surrender his patents, found his holdings seized by the state, and was placed under house arrest. He died in 1935, a "tortured genius" exiled from his life's work but, perhaps fortunately, spared from seeing his inventions destructively unleashed across Europe. No biography of Junkers has been published to date. Author Richard Byers now fills that void with this compelling narrative of a man and his machines. Flying Man is a contribution not only to the history of aviation but also adds to our understanding of the consolidation of power in Germany's march toward World War II.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781623494643 20161213
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xxv, 348 Pages ; 25 cm + 1 DVD (4 3/4 in.)
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xvi, 432 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
353 pages, viii pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • L'effet wright -- Les vols de Wilbur Wright au Mans, la mesure de l'événement -- Les années perdues des frères Wright: 1905-1908 -- Wilbur Wright au Mans: "Ce ne fut pas un succès, ce fut un triomphe" -- Pionniers de la modernité? Braque, Picasso, les frères Wright, l'aviation et le bricolage -- L'imaginaire du progrès technique -- Mathématiciens et physiciens français promoteurs de l'aviation -- Exploits techniques, exploits sportifs ? Le traitement médiatique de l'aviation dans la revue La Vie au Grand Air (1900-1914) -- Vues d'en haut L'actualité de la Belle Époque photographiée en plongée -- "Lever la tête, regarder haut" Le Corbusier et l'imaginaire élitiste de l'aviation -- Mutations symboliques -- La montgolfière au temps de Blériot: la logique du voyage imaginaire -- Le ciel habité par les hommes: la technologie concurrente de la religion? L'exemple de l'aéronautique -- L'aéroplane fantôme Fantasmes, frayeurs et transferts dans les premières représentations de l'aviation -- La souscription nationale de 1913 en faveur de l'aviation militaire suisse: portrait d'une technologie en pleine mutation symbolique -- En avion sur Vienne, de Louis Blériot à Gabriele D'Annunzio: de l'espérance à la menace -- La création des légendes -- Star ou héros de légende: le pilote au miroir de la Belle Époque -- De "Rheims" à Reims: Glenn H. Curtiss, le trophée Gordon Bennett et la création d'un héros international de l'aviation (1909) -- De la création du héros à la perpétuation du symbole L'exemple d'un as de la Première Guerre mondiale: Georges Guynemer -- Quand l'aviateur ne devient pas une icône: la condescendance britannique à l'égard de l'Irlandais Harry Ferguson -- Représentations du mythe de l'aviateur -- L'aviateur dans la littérature française de 1909 à 1923 Une incarnation du "mythe du progrès" -- Portrait de l'aviateur en Icare moderne par Julien Gracq: Jacques Nueil dans Le Roi Cophétua -- "Les ailes du désir" La figure de l'aviateur au cinéma jusqu'à Wings, 1910-1927.
"A partir d'une approche pluridisciplinaire, cet ouvrage collectif contribue à l'histoire des représentations de la conquête aérienne en croisant deux ensembles conceptuels : la notion d'imaginaire et l'idée d'une aviation pionnière. L'invention de l'aéroplane a des répercussions dans de nombreux domaines de l'activité humaine; elle redessine les réseaux industriels, sociaux et politiques, tout en changeant le regard des artistes, des penseurs, des décideurs, des croyants, etc. Les auteurs de ce volume cherchent à comprendre la façon dont les progrès de la locomotion aérienne entre 1903 et 1927 transforment l'appréhension de la réalité et renouvellent les représentations, matérielles autant que symboliques, de l'imaginaire aérien. Dans quelle mesure la maîtrise du plus lourd que l'air contribue-t-elle à déterminer le rôle et la place de l'être humain dans la société, le monde, l'univers? Attentives aux modalités de compréhension et de construction par rapport à un événement inédit, les études rassemblées ici montrent que, sans renoncer complètement aux anciennes images liées 'au vol, les contemporains de l'aviation naissante en produisent de nouvelles, dont certaines subsistent encore aujourd'hui."--Page 4 of cover.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xix, 474 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Infinity Beckoned illuminates a critical period of space history when humans dared an expansive leap into the inner solar system. With an irreverent and engaging style, Jay Gallentine conveys the trials and triumphs of the people on the ground who conceived and engineered the missions that put robotic spacecraft on the heavenly bodies nearest our own. These dedicated space pioneers include such individuals as Soviet Russia's director of planetary missions, who hated his job but kept at it for fifteen years, enduring a paranoid bureaucracy where even the copy machines were strictly regulated. Based on numerous interviews, Gallentine delivers a rich variety of stories involving the men and women, American and Russian, responsible for such groundbreaking endeavors as the Mars Viking missions of the 1970s and the Soviet Venera flights to Venus in the 1980s. From the dreamers responsible for the Venus landing who discovered that dropping down through heavy clouds of sulfuric acid and 900-degree heat was best accomplished by surfing to the five-man teams puppeteering the Soviet moon rovers from a top-secret, off-the-map town without a name, the people who come to life in these pages persevered in often trying, thankless circumstances. Their legacy is our better understanding of our own planet and our place in the cosmos.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780803234468 20160619
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
287 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • * Introduction * Chapter One. The Birth of the Bike * Chapter Two. The Need for Speed * Chapter Three. The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body * Chapter Four. Paving the Way for Cars * Chapter Five. From Producers to Consumers * Chapter Six. The Infinite Highway of the Air * Chapter Seven. The Cycles of War * Chapter Eight. The King of the Neighborhood * Chapter Nine. The Great American Bicycle Boom * Chapter Ten. Bike Messengers, Tourists, and Mountain Bikers * Chapter Eleven. Are We There Yet? * Acknowledgments * Abbreviations * Notes * Bibliography * Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780292743625 20160704
With cities across the country adding miles of bike lanes and building bike-share stations, bicycling is enjoying a new surge of popularity in America. It seems that every generation or two, Americans rediscover the freedom of movement, convenience, and relative affordability of the bicycle. The earliest two-wheeler, the draisine, arrived in Philadelphia in 1819 and astonished onlookers with the possibility of propelling themselves "like lightning." Two centuries later, the bicycle is still the fastest way to cover ground on gridlocked city streets. Filled with lively stories, The Mechanical Horse reveals how the bicycle transformed American life. As bicycling caught on in the nineteenth century, many of the country's rough, rutted roads were paved for the first time, laying a foundation for the interstate highway system. Cyclists were among the first to see the possibilities of self-directed, long-distance travel, and some of them (including a fellow named Henry Ford) went on to develop the automobile. Women shed their cumbersome Victorian dresses-as well as their restricted gender roles-so they could ride. And doctors recognized that aerobic exercise actually benefits the body, which helped to modernize medicine. Margaret Guroff demonstrates that the bicycle's story is really the story of a more mobile America-one in which physical mobility has opened wider horizons of thought and new opportunities for people in all avenues of life.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780292743625 20160704
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
223 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
  • Countdown
  • The sky is not the limit ... there are footprints on the Moon!
  • Keep your mind open to the possibilities
  • Show me your friends and I will show you your future
  • Second comes right after first
  • Write your own epitaph
  • Maintain your spirit of adventure
  • Failure is always an option
  • Practice respect for all people
  • Do what you believe is right even when others choose otherwise
  • Trust your gut ... and your instruments
  • Laugh ... a lot!
  • Keep a young mindset at every age
  • Help others go beyond where you have gone.
Beloved American hero Buzz Aldrin reflects on the wisdom, guiding principles, and irreverent anecdotes he's gathered through his event-filled life - both in outer space and on earth. No Dream Is Too High whittles down Buzz Aldrin's event-filled life into a short list of principles he values, each illustrated by fascinating anecdotes and memories, such as: Second comes right after first. NASA protocol should have meant he was first on the moon, but rules changed just before the mission. How he learned to be proud of being the second man on the moon. Look for opportunities, not obstacles. Buzz was rejected the first time he applied to be an astronaut. Failure is an opportunity to learn to do better. Always maintain your spirit of adventure. For his 80th birthday, Buzz went diving in the Galapagos and hitched a ride on a whale shark. He stays fit, energetic, and fascinated with life.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781426216497 20160822
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
ix, 229 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
The Rarefied Air of the Modern examines technology, modern identity, and history-making in Peru by telling the story of the surprising success of Peruvian pilots in European aviation competitions in 1910, and how their achievements generated great optimism that this new technology could lift the country out of its self-perceived backwardness. Though poor infrastructure, economic woes, a dearth of technical expertise, and a ghastly number of pilot deaths slowed the project after the first flights over Lima in 1911, the image of intrepid Peruvian pilots inspired a new sense of national possibility. Airplanes seemed to embody not just technological progress but enlightened rationality, capitalist enterprise, and nation-state aggrandizement. By 1928, three commercial lines were transporting passengers, mail, and merchandise from Lima to other parts of the country and South America. This exploration of the fitful development of Peruvian aviation illuminates how a Eurocentric modernizing vision has served as a powerful organizing force in regions with ambivalent relationships to the West. More broadly, it underscores the important role that technology plays in larger, complex historical processes. Even as politicians, businessmen, military officials, journalists, and ruling oligarchs felt a special kinship with Peru's aviation project, diverse socioeconomic groups engaged aviation to challenge power asymmetries and historical silences rooted in Peru's postcolonial past. Most observers at the time considered airplanes a "universal" technology that performed the same function in Europe, the United States, and Peru. In reality, how Peruvians mobilized and understood airplanes reflected culturally specific values and historical concerns.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190248901 20161124
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)