NASA's Scientist Astronauts

David J. Shayler and Colin Burgess

NASA's Scientist AstronautsThe first astronauts were military test pilots. Science was never at the forefront of their minds – their primary objective was to survive the mission and report on engineering aspects of their flights. In 1965, the first of two teams of NASA scientist-astronauts was selected, but not without causing immediate outcries and deep divisions within the ranks of existing astronauts, who hotly contended that the scientists’ lack of flight and technical experience could jeopardise the safety of future missions and the crews’ lives.

NASA’s Scientist-Astronauts:

This incredible story relates how a small number of dedicated scientists helped NASA shape personal scientific research in space. Easily readable and well-illustrated, it is an invaluable source of reference for all speceflight enthusiasts.

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Extent: 600 pages
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: August 2006
ISBN: 978-0-387-21897-7



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