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Although the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California has become synonymous with the United States' planetary exploration during the past half century its most recent focus has been on Mars Beginning in the 1990s and continuing through the Mars Phoenix mission of 2007 JPL led the way in engineering an impressive rapidly evolving succession of Mars orbiters and landers including roving robotic

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Exploration and Engineering

Vehicles whose successful deployment onto the Martian surface posed some of the most complicated technical problems in space flight historyIn Exploration and Engineering Erik M Conway reveals how JPL engineers' creative technological feats led to major breakthroughs in Mars exploration He takes readers into the heart of the lab's problem solving approach and management structure where talented scienti

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Sts grappled with technical challenges while also coping not always successfully with funding shortfalls unrealistic schedules and managerial turmoilConway JPL's historian offers an insider's perspective into the changing goals of Mars exploration the ways in which sophisticated computer simulations drove the design process and the remarkable evolution of landing technologies over a thirty year period


3 thoughts on “Exploration and Engineering

  1. says:

    Space is awesomeAs an avid follower of all things NASA this was the perfect book for me The only thing I was slightly disappointed with was the lack of a complete Curiosity section I would have loved reading about the engineering challenge of the sky crane Still this is a great book and a worthy addition to space travel's literature

  2. says:

    I'm always sad when I come to the end of a good book My review is a bit biased perhaps because I worked at JPL for a couple of years not on a Mars project though and I understand the engineering behind the spacecraft However I do think the book is well worth reading for any space enthusiast or anyone interested in learning what goes

  3. says:

    I saw Conway give a talk at JPL It was brilliant His knowledge of space history is encyclopedic and the present

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