NASA International Space Station (ISS) Oral History Project: Interviews with Astronauts, Managers - Cabana, Chilton, Suffredini, Voss, Whitson, Williams, Columbia Shuttle Accident, Chilean Mine Rescue by David N. Spires

NASA International Space Station (ISS) Oral History Project: Interviews with Astronauts, Managers - Cabana, Chilton, Suffredini, Voss, Whitson, Williams, Columbia Shuttle Accident, Chilean Mine Rescue

By David N. Spires

  • Publication Date: 2016-05-08
  • Genre: Science & Nature

Book Synopsis

The fascinating oral histories of twenty International Space Station (ISS) pioneers - converted for accurate flowing-text ebook format reproduction - provide new insights into this extraordinary effort, with vital observations about an era of space history that continues today. The interviews divulge new information and some long-held secrets; they are sometimes emotional, sometimes analytical, with revealing anecdotes, stories of supervisors and colleagues, hardware, spacecraft, rockets, triumphs and tragedies. Even serious space enthusiasts will find numerous "aha, I didn't know that" comments!

The International Space Station Oral History Project includes interviews with individuals who have contributed significantly to the success of the ISS Program. The oral history sessions reflect experiences and insight on topics such as the early days of the multi-national partnership, the development of its science program, and the challenges encountered in establishing the orbiting laboratory.

Contents include: Michael R. Barratt * Randy Brinkley * Robert D. Cabana * John B. Charles * Kevin P. Chilton * Lauri N. Hansen * Albert W. Holland - Chilean Miners Rescue * Albert W. Holland - International Space Station * Gregory H. Johnson * Charles Lindquist * Jeffrey Manber * Hans Mark * Donald R. Pettit * Michael E. Read * Julie A. Robinson * Melanie Saunders * Michael T. Suffredini * Suzan C. Voss * Dr. Peggy A. Whitson * Jeffrey N. Williams * Sunita L. Williams

The oral histories are the transcripts from audio-recorded, personal interviews with many who pioneered outer space and the Moon, and with those who continue the excitement of space exploration. To preserve the integrity of the audio record, the texts are presented with limited revisions and thus reflect the candid conversational style of the oral history format. Brackets and ellipses indicate where the text has been annotated or edited for clarity. The date of each interview is noted.

Established in 1996, the goal of the NASA Johnson Space Center Oral History Project (JSC OHP) is to capture history from the individuals who first provided the country and the world with an avenue to space and the moon. Participants include managers, engineers, technicians, doctors, astronauts, and other employees of NASA and aerospace contractors who served in key roles during the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Shuttle programs.

These oral histories ensure that the words of these pioneers live on to tell future generations about the excitement and lessons of space exploration. Oral history interviews began in the summer of 1997, and since that time more than 675 individuals have participated in the NASA Oral History projects.

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