Into the Black

Into the Black

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divIn the decades since the mid-1970s, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has led the quest to explore the farthest reaches of the solar system. JPL spacecrafta€”Voyager, Magellan, Galileo, the Mars rovers, and othersa€”have brought the planets into close view. JPL satellites and instruments also shed new light on the structure and dynamics of earth itself, while their orbiting observatories opened new vistas on the cosmos. This comprehensive book recounts the extraordinary story of the lab's accomplishments, failures, and evolution from 1976 to the present day. This history of JPL encompasses far more than the story of the events and individuals that have shaped the institution. It also engages wider questions about relations between civilian and military space programs, the place of science and technology in American politics, and the impact of the work at JPL on the way we imagine the place of humankind in the universe./DIV45 JPL responded to the report with increased reviews and management oversight, problem reporting, quality control, and ... Haynes observed, a€œIta#39;s not like we threw this thing together and nothing worked. ... orbiter and lander, with a total cost under $282 million and an option to carry a spare Pathfinder rover on the lander.

Title:Into the Black
Author: Peter J. Westwick
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2008-10-01

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