By Marianne J. Dyson
Marianne J. Dyson recounts for us a time whilst ladies have been making the 1st inroads into house flight regulate, a formerly male-dominated career. the tale starts with the foundation of the Apollo 11 touchdown at the Moon and follows the demanding situations of pursuing a technology occupation as a lady within the 70s and 80s, while it used to be faraway from a simple direction.
Dyson relates the 1st 5 area commute flights from the non-public point of view of undertaking making plans and operations in Houston on the Johnson house middle, dependent nearly completely on unique resources akin to journals and NASA weekly job stories. The book’s old information about astronaut and flight controller education exemplify either the funny and critical features of house operations up in the course of the Challenger catastrophe, together with the just about unknown hearth in venture keep an eye on in the course of STS-5 that almost prompted an emergency access of the travel.
From an insider with a distinct standpoint and credentials to compare, this a must-read for somebody attracted to the workings of NASA in the course of one in all its busiest and defining instances, and the demanding situations confronted by means of ladies pursuing clinical careers.
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Extra info for A Passion for Space: Adventures of a Pioneering Female NASA Flight Controller
They wanted me! They wanted people with all different kinds of technical backgrounds, and, they’d been encouraged to recruit women. I wrote, “They offered me $16,900 [a year]!! I almost said, ‘Wow! ’ but I stammered out ‘that’s more than I’d expected’ instead. I told them as far as I was concerned, I didn’t need to think it over. Maybe in two weeks, I’ll be there, at NASA JSC working on the space shuttle with the astronauts and mission control people. ME, Marianne, will really be part of the space program.
In parallel with my work on the launch day and BFS deorbit procedures, I was assigned to develop the crew activity plan (CAP) for the third flight, STS-3. I immediately sat down with the “bible” for this flight, a thick book called the Flight Requirements Document. This book listed all the operational flight tests that I needed to schedule. The main tests involved pointing different parts (tail, nose, payload bay) to the sun and holding them for many hours. The sunlit side would be about 500 F hotter than the side in the shade.
The bar manager was a physics grad student introduced to me as Thor. He explained that his name was actually Thornton. When he’d filled out his health certificate, the previous manager, a post doc, John Schroeter (1948–2006), immediately nicknamed him Thor. D. 3 When I met Thor, he was manager of Valhalla, the graduate student bar at Rice (Photo by the author) Thor and I were both members of the L-5 Society and fans of Gerard O’Neill’s solarpowered satellites. The Society was cosponsoring a conference (with the American Astronautical Society) on the Industrialization of Space in San Francisco in mid-October.