DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE

George E. Mueller and the Management of NASA's Human Spaceflight Program

Arthur L. Slotkin

DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE: George E. Mueller and the Management of NASA's Human Spaceflight Program This excellent account of one of the most important personalities in early American human spaceflight history describes for the first time how George E. Mueller, the system manager of the human spaceflight program of the 1960's, applied the SPO methodology and other special considerations, resulting in the success of the Apollo Program. While Wernher von Braun and others did not readily accept Mueller's approach to system management, they later acknowledged that without it NASA would not have landed astronauts on the mon by 1969. While Apollo remained Mueller's priority, from his earliest days at the agency he promoted a robust post-Apollo program, which culminated in Skylab, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station. As a result of these efforts, Mueller earned the sobriquet: "the father of the Space Shuttle".


Table of Contents

Illustrations
Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction

1. Reorganizing
2. Program management
3. Getting ready
4. Resuming flight
5. Learning, developing and planning
6. Peaks and valleys
7. Recovery
8. All-up testing
9. Orbiting the Moon
10. A railroad in space

Epilogue
Bibliography
Abbreviations
Index



Extent: 324 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4614-3700-0



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