The Space Station

A Personal Journey

The Space Station

Book Pages: 264 Illustrations: Published: March 1987

Author: Hans Mark

General Interest > Biography, Letters, Memoirs, Politics > Public Policy, Science and Technology Studies

This insider's account, a penetrating view of science policy and politics during two presidencies, captures the euphoria that characterized the space program in the late seventies and early eighties and furnishes an invaluable perspective on the Challenger tragedy and the future of the United States in space. President Reagan's approval of $8 billion for the construction of a permanently manned orbiting space station climaxed one of the most important political and technological debates in the history of the U.S. program in space.
In The Space Station the story of this debate is told by Hans mark, who had major roles in the development of the space shuttle from its beginnings in the sixties and who bore a primary responsibility for overseeing the space station project during the decisive years from 1981 to 1984. Mark's appointment to the post of deputy administrator of NASA capped a career devoted to the development and management of space technology—he served as director of NASA's Ames Research Center, then as under secretary and later secretary of the U.S. Air Force. Serving under both President Carter and President Reagan, mark is uniquely able to chronicle the intricate process by which the space shuttle became a reality and the space station an acknowledged goal of the American space effort.
A scientist by training, Mark's account of his career in the space program is the story of a personal dream as well as the story of a vast public enterprise whose human side is only now being fully appreciated.



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Preface vii

1. Beginnings 1

2. Nuclear Lessons 10

3. Livermore 14

4. The Space Race Starts 21

5. The Start at Ames and the Space Shuttle 30

6. The Development of the Shuttle, Colonies in Space, and Politics 47

7. The Air Force and Space 59

8. Space Policy, Arms Control, and Organizational Problems 75

9. The Shuttle Program Has Problems 90

10. The Election of President Reagan 111

11. The Effort Starts in Earnest 126

12. Space Policy and Edwards Air Force Base—July 4, 1982 143

13. The Enterprise in Europe—May–June 1983 155

14. The Final Push 162

15. The President Decides 188

16. The Congressional Debate 197

17. Another Beginning 210

18. Tragedy and Tomorrow 215

Appendixes 225

Index 255
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Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-0727-3
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