This book provides, for the first time, a comprehensive manual explaining how NASA works and operates its various programmes, opening the door to NASA facilities across the United States.
The down-to-earth text provides a directory of information on the various facilities, what they do, the technical parameters of their equipment and laboratory assets, and how it all fits together. A full operations description is provided for each of the 13 primary NASA field centres, moving from a historical introduction to sections on each of the sites, and ending with appendices providing reference information on personnel levels, budgets (as a percentage of total US government expenditure each year), a list of NASA Administrators and relevant information.
A fascinating insight into the US agency responsible for the civilian space programme, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.
Author: Dr David Baker, an Englishman, worked with NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programmes between 1965 and 1990 and has written more than 80 books on spaceflight technology. He has also served as an advisor to the US Government, notably during the Reagan administration, and was closely involved with the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and 'Star Wars' ballistic missile defence system during the height of the Cold War in the 1970s and 1980s. His previous titles for Haynes include NASA Mars Rovers Manual, International Space Station Manual, NASA Space Shuttle Manual, Apollo 13 Manual, Soyuz Manual, Rocket Manual and Hubble Space Telescope Manual. He lives in East Sussex.