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19 Jul 2002
(Source: NASA Headquarters)

The NASA History Office is pleased to announce the availability of three publications and three websites:


"The Secret of Apollo: Systems Management in American and European Space Programs" by Stephen B. Johnson is the latest book in the Johns Hopkins New Series in NASA History. Johnson addresses the question of how one goes about organizing large, complex technological systems such as Project Apollo by analyzing the history and politics of aerospace development and weapons procurement in a comparative approach. This scholarly book should appeal to program managers, journalists, and students of Apollo as well as historians of technology. Interested readers may get more information and purchase this hardcover book for $41.50 from on the Web.

"The Mission Transcript Collection: U.S. Human Spaceflight Missions From Mercury Redstone 3 to Apollo 17" (NASA SP-2000-4602) is now available commercially from CG Publishing Inc, Box 62034, Burlington, Ontario, L7R 4K2, Canada. Previously this two CD set was out of print. The content and format of the material in the new version remains the same: text-searchable pdf files of the verbatim air-to-ground communications for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. To order, send your address and an INTERNATIONAL Money Order for $8 (US) made payable to CG Publishing Inc. Allow six weeks to eight weeks for delivery. For further ordering questions, please call 905-637-5737.

"Deep Space Chronicle: A Chronology of Deep Space and Planetary Probes 1958-2000" (NASA SP-2002-4524) by Asif A. Siddiqi. NASA History's newest monograph provides an excellent ready reference of deep space missions attempted since the opening of the space age in 1957 and documents the development, testing, and implementation of robotic spacecraft. To order, please send a self-addressed 10-12" stamped envelope (typically $3.95 within the U.S., $5.70 for Canada, and $12.15 for overseas - international customers are asked to purchase U.S. postage through an outlet such as to the NASA Headquarters Information Center, Code CI-4, Washington, DC 20546.

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"The Apollo Program Summary Report" (Document # JSC-09423, April 1975) is now available in fully text-searchable pdf files from on the Web. This hard-to-find document is an extremely useful overview of Apollo with details on the spacecraft, launch vehicles, scientific results, and so forth. Special thanks to Charles Brooks, Colin Fries, and Rick Spencer of the History Office and Headquarters Library for their help formatting this for the Web.

"Far Travelers: The Exploring Machines" by Oran W. Nicks (NASA SP-480, 1985) is now available electronically at on the Web. This unusual book is an insider's view of NASA's Lunar and Planetary Programs up to 1980, rather than a formal and complete history. The author relates the engineering challenges with which people working for these programs were confronted. Special thanks to volunteer Chris Gamble for formatting this special publication for the Web.

"Magellan: The Unveiling of Venus" (JPL-400-345, March 1989) is on-line at on the Web. This brief but richly illustrated booklet covers an important planetary science topic.

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