Project Vanguard

Project Vanguard

The NASA History

Book - 2009
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Dover Pubns
This authoritative, illustrated history chronicles the Vanguard project, which placed one of the United States' earliest successful man-made satellites into Earth orbit. It analyzes scientific and technical challenges, impact on subsequent missions, and Cold War influences.

This is the inside story of one of the earliest successful U.S. satellites, a fascinating Cold War?era chronicle of the nation's earliest battles and triumphs in the Space Race. It recounts the origins, development, and results of Project Vanguard, a pioneering venture in the exploration of outer space. Primarily an analysis of the project's scientific and technical challenges, this volume documents onboard experiments, instrumentation, tracking systems, and test firings. It also portrays the drama of organizing an unprecedented project under the pressure of a strict time limit as well as the tempestuous climate of American opinion during the Soviet Union’s Sputnik launches. The history concludes with an evaluation of the satellite program's significant contributions to scientific knowledge. Numerous historic photographs highlight the text, which is written in accessible, nontechnical language. In addition to a historic foreword by Charles A. Lindbergh, this new edition features an informative introduction by Paul Dickson. Authoritative and inexpensive, it will appeal to students and teachers of history and science as well as aviation enthusiasts.

Book News
The softball-sized Vanguard 1 satellite was launched on 17 March 1958, and still orbits, being the oldest human artifact in space, though it has not spoken--at least to Earth--since 1964. In 1969, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration commissioned 1963 Pulitzer Prize winning historian Green (1897-1975) and Lomask (writing, Catholic U. of America) to write a history of the project that would be academically rigorous yet accessible to general readers. It was published in 1970 in NASA's Historical Series, and republished in 1971 by Smithsonian Institution Press. Paul Dickson, not further identified, provides a new introduction to the reprint, which preserves the original foreword by Charles A. Lindbergh. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, c2009
Edition: Dover ed.
ISBN: 9780486467559
Characteristics: xx, 308 p ; cm
Additional Contributors: Lomask, Milton


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