The ultimate engineer : the remarkable life of NASA's visionary leader George M. Low
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Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2019].
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9780803299559 (cloth : alk. paper)
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xii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Published
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2019].
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Book
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1912
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English
ISBN
9780803299559 (cloth : alk. paper)

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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From the late 1950s to 1976 the U.S. manned spaceflight program advanced as it did largely due to the extraordinary efforts of Austrian immigrant George M. Low. Described as the 2ultimate engineer3 during his career at NASA, Low was a visionary architect and leader from the agency's inception in 1958 to his retirement in 1976. As chief of manned spaceflight at NASA, Low was instrumental in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. Low's pioneering work paved the way for President Kennedy's decision to make a lunar landing NASA's primary goal in the 1960s. After the tragic 1967 Apollo 1 fire that took the lives of three astronauts and almost crippled the program, Low took charge of the redesign of the Apollo spacecraft, and he helped lead the program from disaster and toward the moon. In 1968 Low made the bold decision to go for lunar orbit on Apollo 8 before the lunar module was ready for flight and after only one Earth orbit test flight of the command and service modules. Under Low there were five manned missions, including Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing. Low's clandestine negotiations with the Soviet Union resulted in a historic joint mission in 1975 that was the precursor to the Shuttle-Mir and International Space Station programs. At the end of his NASA career, Low was one of the leading figures in the development of the space shuttle in the early 1970s, and he was instrumental in NASA's transition into a post-Apollo world. Afterward, he embarked on a distinguished career in higher education as a transformational president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his alma mater. Chronicling Low's escape from Nazi-occupied Austria to his helping land a man on the moon, The Ultimate Engineer sheds new light on one of the most fascinating and complex personalities of the golden age of U.S. manned space travel.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Jurek, R. (2019). The ultimate engineer: the remarkable life of NASA's visionary leader George M. Low . University of Nebraska Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Jurek, Richard. 2019. The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA's Visionary Leader George M. Low. University of Nebraska Press.

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Jurek, Richard. The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA's Visionary Leader George M. Low University of Nebraska Press, 2019.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Jurek, Richard. The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA's Visionary Leader George M. Low University of Nebraska Press, 2019.

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