SP-4312 Dreams, Hopes, Realities


Bibliographic Essay



[191] The single most important group of sources for this book consists of over 70 individual interviews with scientists, engineers, administrative personnel, and managers who worked at or with Goddard over the past 40 years, along with documents they provided from their files.

Additional information on the organizational structure of Goddard and the history of its launches was obtained from Goddard's technical library, with the help of Jane Riddle and Chao Yang. Further project information was obtained from individual project offices, Goddard's "web" pages on the internet and from fact sheets and informational material provided by Goddard's Public Affairs Office. A critical resource for specific details on individual spacecraft was the NASA Space Missions Since 1958 (Alfred Rosenthal, ed., Washington, D.C., National Aeroantuics and Space Administration, 1991).

Information on the evolution of Goddard and the work the Center performed was also provided by numerous other books. These sources included: Alfred Rosenthal, Venture Into Space (Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA SP-4301, 1968); Robert Rosholt, An Administrative History of NASA, 1958-1963 (Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1966); Homer Newell, Beyond the Atmosphere (Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1980); William R. Corliss, NASA Sounding Rockets, 1958-1968 (Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA SP-4401, 1971); John E. Naugle, First Among Equals (Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1991); Alfred Bester, The Life and Death of a Satellite (Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1966); Harold D. Wallace Jr., Wallops Station (Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA SP-4311, 1997); Wallace H. Tucker, The Star Splitters, (Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA SP-466, 1984); Claire L. Parkinson, Earth From Above (Sausalito, CA: University Science Books); and John.C. Mather and John Boslough, The Very First Light (New York, NY: Basic Books, 1996).

[192] Additional Goddard-produced monographs and historical notes, such as Kathleen M. Mogan and Frank P. Mintz, Keeping Track: A History of the GSFC Tracking and Data Acquisition Networks: 1957-1991, and William R. Corliss, "The Evolution of the Satellite Tracking and Data Acquisition Network (STADAN), (Goddard Historical Note Number 3, January 1967) provided valuable information on the evolution of Goddard's tracking and data networks.

Other articles and research reports, such as W. Henry Lambright, "Administrative Entrepreneurship and Space Technology: The Ups and Downs of "Mission to Planet Earth," Public Administration Review, Vol. 54, No. 2, March/April 1994; and Donald T. Lauer, et. al, "The Landsat Program: Its Origins, Evolution, and Impacts," Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Vol. 53, No. 7, July 1997, helped trace the evolution of various long-term programs at Goddard and the factors that influenced their development.

A final group of sources for information on recent scientific research consisted of the American Astronomical Society, as well as articles in current journals and newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Science, Natural Science, and Science News.