The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control, 1965–1992
Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Spaceflight
Published by: Nebraska
378 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 26 photographs, index
- ISBN: 9781496203366
- Published: October 2017
None of NASA’s storied accomplishments would have been possible without these people. Interviews with dozens of individuals who worked in the historic third-floor mission control room bring the compelling stories to life. Go, Flight! is a real-world reminder of where we have been and where we could go again given the right political and social climate. This paperback edition includes a new epilogue by the authors about making the documentary Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo.
List of Illustrations
1. Who Did What
2. Tampa, Tranquility Base Here …
3. Growing Up
4. We’re Going to Make It Right
5. Merry Christmas from the Moon
6. Dress Rehearsals
7. A Bunch of Guys about to Turn Blue
8. "Great Job, Young Man"
9. "We’ve Got More Than a Problem"
10. Living on the Moon
11. The End of an Era
"A great read both for fans for spaceflight and for scholars interested in a social history of Mission Control."—Margaret Weitekamp, Quest
“Milt Heflin did it all, from helping recover Apollo crews returning from the moon to overseeing the first make-or-break repair of the Hubble Space Telescope. Heflin’s insight and experience shine in his and coauthor Rick Houston’s Go, Flight!, a firsthand glimpse into the fascinating world of mission control.”—William Harwood, CBS News space reporter
“Those of us who worked in the MOCR [Mission Operations Control Room] were privileged to be in the right place at the right time in American history. We didn’t know that sending men to the moon was impossible, so we somehow managed to do just that. We lived in a time when our vision was not limited by how far our eyes could see, but only by what our minds could dream. Authors Rick Houston and Milt Heflin are helping keep that dream alive in Go, Flight!”—Jerry Bostick, chief of the Apollo-era Flight Dynamics Branch
“I experienced almost every emotion possible while working in mission control. Authors Rick Houston and Milt Heflin have taken me right back into the heat of battle with their outstanding book.”—Steve Bales, guidance officer during the Apollo 11 lunar descent
“This book represents the most detailed account to date of how a group of ordinary men from rural America and smokestack towns became an extraordinary team that built the future. As well as tales of technical achievement, you will find the human stories about the band of brothers that formed Mission Control, and who became the best they could be.”—Keith Haviland, co-executive producer of Last Man on the Moon, a documentary film about Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan