Into the black: JPL and the American space program, 1976-2004

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In 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 spacecraft—Voyager, Magellan, Galileo, the Mars rovers, and others—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 widerquestions 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.
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table_of_contents Acclaim and agitation : the Murray years, 1976-1982 --, Acknowledgments --, Annus miserabilis --, Beyond the Cold War : the stone years, 1991-2001 --, Conclusion --, Diversification --, Epilogue, 2001-2004 --, External relations and the internal environment --, Faster, better, cheaper --, Index., JPL under Allen --, List of abbreviations --, Notes --, Planetary exploration in extremis --, Planetary exploration triumphant --, Preface --, Recovery of flight projects --, Reengineering JPL --, Restoration : the Allen years, 1982-1991 --, Return to the military --, Space and earth science --, Space technology --, Voyager redux, Galileo, and Magellan --, break in the storm --, dividends of defense programs --, inheritance --, rise and decline of defense programs --, tilting triangle and commercialization --
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title Into the black JPL and the American space program, 1976-2004
title_display Into the black JPL and the American space program, 1976-2004
title_full Into the black [electronic resource] : JPL and the American space program, 1976-2004 / Peter J. Westwick
title_short Into the black
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title_sub JPL and the American space program, 1976-2004