National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Vol. 13, No. 4 Fall 1996


Flights of Discovery
Aiming at Targets
Exploring the Unknown, Volume 2
Stages to Saturn (Reprint)

NASA PolicyWorkshop was a Success

Monograph on Hugh Dryden is Available

NASA History on the Internet

Surfing the Internet for Aerospace History

History News Service

Calls for Papers

Space History Manuscripts Solicited

Goddard Essay Competition


Upcoming Meetings

Kudos to Joseph Tatarewicz


Flights of Discovery: 50 Years at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center is due back from the printers on 30 November. This beautifully illustrated history spans a variety of flight research projects at Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. Research first began at the Muroc site in 1946 with work on the famous X-1 aircraft, which broke the sound barrier in October 1947. This book describes how a small organization in the Mojave Desert has influenced progress in aeronautics.

Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program; Volume II: External Relationships will be available by the end of the year. Coming after the successful first volume, the second volume will cover the important topics of NASA relations with the military, foreign space agencies, and NASA-industry-university relations. Organized in a similar format as Volume I, this book should be very useful to students of space exploration. More copies of Volume I are expected in late January.

Need a copy of Stages to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch Vehicles? We are proud to announce that we will be reprinting this classic technological history of the Saturn launch vehicles that were used in the Apollo missions. Originally published in 1980, this well-received book by Roger E. Bilstein has been out of print for several years, but should be available again in late December.

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Aiming at Targets: The Autobiography of Robert C. Seamans, Jr. Dr. Seamans was NASA's Deputy Administrator for much of the Apollo program during the 1960s and continued his distinguished career in Government as Secretary of the Air Force and head of the Energy Research and Development Agency in the 1970s. Dr. Seamans shares his insights on managing complex technological endeavors in highly readable prose that provides many lessons for contemporary audiences. This book is expected in early January.


The NASA Office of Policy and Plans held a very successful symposium on 17 October at the Institute for Public Policy of George Mason University. With the theme--"What is the Role of a Policy and Plans Organization in a Federal R&D Agency?"--the symposium included 35 participants from both government and universities. It explored the nature of policy formulation and adoption, developed lessons learned, and began the charting a roadmap for future NASA policy and plans. The NASA History Office organized the symposium and received many kudos from the participants.


Want to know more about Hugh Dryden? Michael H. Gorn has written a fascinating new "Monograph in Aerospace History" entitled Hugh L. Dryden's Career in Aviation and Space. It provides a foretaste of Gorn's full-length biography of Dr. Dryden that will be published by the Smithsonian Institution Press in 1998. This monograph is available free of charge.


The Aeronautics and Space Report of the President, Fiscal Year 1995 Activities, commonly known as the "President's Report" is now online at report is also available in pdf format at Check out the useful narrative and appendices.

The Government Printing Office brochure of NASA History books is now on the Web at Ten exciting books are a phone call or fax away.

Need some information on the Apollo 204 accident? There is a new World Wide Web site at The site includes data on the mission's three astronauts and the accident investigation.

Eric Jones has compiled an extensive Apollo Lunar Surface Journal covering the activities of the six pairs of astronauts who explored the moon from 1969-1972. The World Wide Web site is located at

Need information about the Challenger disaster? The Rogers Commission report is available via ftp along with other useful data at


How do you cite the Web in a bibliography? The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers will not have full guidelines for the Internet until its next edition, out in late 1997. Until then, two Web sites give good stopgaps: "Beyond the MLA Hand book" at and the MLA-Style Citations of Electronic Sources at

A public fact sheet on the National Space Policy, which the White House released in September 1996, is available electronically. Go directly to for this helpful summary.

H-Net, an extensive collection of humanities and social sciences information online, offers over 60 electronic mailing lists catering to a variety of history subspecialties. For more information, check out the Web site at

The National Space Society has a site called SPACE (the Space, Planetary, and Astronomical Cyber-Experience) that contains information of new and used aerospace books, lots of graphics, and up to the minute news. The World Wide Web site is located at

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) is embarking on an expedition to solve the Amelia Earhart mystery. For more information, check out or send email to

David Portree has posted an annotated bibliography on Moon/Mars exploration and settlement. He encourages everyone to check it out at

William Mertz has placed aircraft images on the Web that may be of interest to readers. The URL addresses are and Exact identification of the nine different aircraft types would be appreciated.

The Center for Electronic Records of the National Archives and Records Administration announced a World Wide Web homepage at Please send any comments to

The 1996 NASA Video Catalog is now available via the Scientific and Technical Information (STI) program home page. You may access this Adobe Acrobat PDF file from the STI home page using the at

News from the National Air and Space Museum (NASMNEWS) is available on the Web at You can also reach NASMNEWS from the museum home page using the "Calendar of Events" icons. The museum's homepage address is

The Society for History of Technology (SHOT) secretary's office has a Web page with weekly postings of announcements for employment, fellowships, calls for papers, and upcoming conferences. The site is You can also access it through the SHOT homepage at

If you would like a copy of the 1997 edition of the Who's Who Guide, just visit If you have a Web site you would like to list in the 1997 edition of the Who's Who Guide, go to the Registration Site at If you need to set up a Web Site of your own, and you need a Web Host, telnet://

The Federation of American Scientists' Web site is If you are interested in the Imaging Intelligence Gallery, go directly to The FAS has put together an inventory of overhead images from CORONA, KH-11, and Desert Storm.


The American Historical Association has created "The History News Service" to develop links between historians and the popular press. Newspapers want op-ed articles that reveal how historical knowledge of a current issue deepens a reader's understanding or provides a new perspective rather than provide historical background. Historians are needed to generate ideas for op-ed pieces, contact potential writers, and edit submissions. Check out Email Joyce Appleby at or call her at 310-470-8946.


The Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, DE is holding its 1997 Fellows Conference with the theme "Modernism and Technology, 1900-1945" on 7 March 1997. The keynote speaker will be T. J. Jackson Lears from Rutgers University, the author of No Place of Grace. Papers should examine topics related to modernism and technology, including but not restricted to design, architecture, industry, production, consumption, ideology, politics, literature, economics, and art. Send two copies of the paper, a one-page abstract and a vita to Shepherd W. McKinley, Department of History, 401 Ewing Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716-2547; telephone 302-831-2371, fax 302-831-1538, email: Deadline is 1 December 1996.

The Oral History Association (OHA) invites proposals for papers and presentations for its annual meeting to be held 25-28 September 1997, in New Orleans. The theme of the meeting is "Looking In, Looking Out: Retelling the Past, Envisioning the Future." The program committee especially encourages proposals that examine relationships between science, religion, personal values, and debates over public policy. Proposals should include a title and one-page description of the issues and questions papers will address, as well as the names, affiliation, short vitae, mailing address, and phone number of each presenter, including convenor and suggested commentator. OHA policy prevents those who presented papers at the 1996 annual meeting from doing so in 1997. To submit proposals, contact either/or: Alphine W. Jefferson, Department of History, College of Wooster, Wooster, OH 44691; telephone 330-263-2452, fax 330-263-2614, email or Steven J. Novak, UCLA Oral History Program, UCLA 157511, Los Angeles, CA 90095; telephone 310- 825-7524 fax 310-206-2796, email Deadline for proposals is 10 December 1996.

The Albatross Special Interest Group (aviation history) of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)is organizing a session for the 1997 annual meeting, to be held 16-19 October in Pasadena, CA. Proposals for this session are currently being accepted. Papers addressing the west coast aircraft industry are especially encouraged. Persons interested in submitting proposals should send a brief abstract and one-page curriculum vitae (preferably by e-mail) to Robert Ferguson at the following: email or by mail: Robert Ferguson, Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, fax (852) 2335-0014. Final approval of the Albatross session is contingent upon the decision of the SHOT program committee. Please submit proposals before 15 December 1996.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is holding its annual symposium, "Aviation Communication: a Multi-Cultural Forum on 9-11 1997. Papers are invited in the following suggested areas: human factors, language studies, communication studies, science and technology studies, politics of technical decisions, intelligence, organized crime, foreign policy, and security. To present a paper or propose a panel for this conference, please submit your name, title of paper, organization, position, address, abstracts (200 words), and brief resume to: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 3200 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, AZ 86301-3720. Send email inquiries to,, or Deadline for proposals is 9 January 1997.

The annual meeting of the West Coast History of Science Society will be held 12-13 April 1997 on the campuses of the Claremont Colleges. The theme of the meeting will be "Mastering Nature, Mastering the World: Science and Power." This meeting provides a friendly forum where graduate students can present their work and more established scholars can let their colleagues know what they have been up to. Presentations should run about 20 minutes. Please send paper titles and requests for lodging information to Pamela H. Smith, President-Elect, History Department, 551 No. College Ave., Pomona College, Claremont, CA 91711-6337. The deadline for submission of paper and/or session titles (please include a short abstract) is 31 January 1997.

The Society for the History of Technology will hold its annual meeting on 16-19 October 1997 in Pasadena, CA. The program committee welcomes proposals for individual papers and sessions on topics related to all facets of the history of technology. Proposals sent by mail for individual papers must include 3 copies of: 1) an abstract of not more than one page, and 2) a one-page curriculum vitae, including current postal and email address. Proposals sent by mail for complete sessions should include 3 copies of: 1) a description of this session's general topic, 2) a list of the presenters' names, paper titles, 3) an abstract and curriculum vitae (c.v.) for each of the presenters, 4) and a c.v. for the commentator, the chairperson and the session organizer--if he or she is not participating in the session. Send completed proposals to: Prof. Miriam R. Levin, SHOT Program Chair, Program in the History of Technology and Science, History Department, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106, telephone 216 368-2380, fax 216 368-4681 email Deadline is 10 April 1997.

CRM, a National Park Service publication dedicated to cultural resource management issues, will publish a special issue on the history of science and technology in the fall of 1997. The editors welcome proposals for articles that examine the challenges and opportunities for studying these subjects through the identification, preservation, and interpretation of related cultural resources in the private sector and government. Articles may range in length and scope from short notices about specific historic site and collections, to longer features and review essays. The editors also welcome items about exhibits, special events and programs and book reviews. Please contact Leonard DeGraaf, Edison National Historic Site, Main Street and Lakeside Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052, 201-736-0550, ext. 22, email:

The History of Philosophy of Science Working Group will hold its second international conference on 12-15 March 1998. This meeting is organized in cooperation with the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame. Submissions of abstracts of papers of approximately 30 minutes reading length, and of full panels of three to four papers are welcome. Abstracts of individual paper submissions should be 250-500 words. Panel proposals should include one panel abstract, names and contact addresses of all participants, and abstracts of 250 words for each of three to four papers. Preferred format for all submissions is plain ASCII text submitted by email to with "HOPOS Submission" in the subject line of the email. Other submissions should include three paper copies and one copy in plain ASCII format on a 3.5" DOS disk and be sent to: Cassandra Pinnick, Department of Philosophy, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101. Conference Registrar: James Maffie, 3280 Sentinel Drive, Boulder, CO 80301, email All submissions should arrive by 1 September 1997.

Wright State University is planning a major conference on the first century of aviation/aerospace history for 1-3 October 1998. Conference organizers are seeking individual paper and panel proposals reflecting themes of flight and society, flight and public policy, and flight technology. Please contact the Aviation History Conference, Conferences and Events, Room E180 Student Union, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45434-0001. Paper/panel proposals are due 1 November 1997.

Editors are soliciting articles for the journal Perspectives On Science: Historical, Philosophical, Social. The journal has been published for five years by the University of Chicago Press. Articles on all topics related to science, medicine, and technology, written from all perspectives, are welcome. Each issue of Perspectives includes case studies, theoretical articles, and historiographic essays. For more information, please contact: Ed Lamb, Managing Editor, Perspectives on Science, Department of Philosophy, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA 24061, telephone 540-231-7879, fax 540-231-6367, email


The Smithsonian Institution Press History of Aviation Book Series is solicitng space history manuscripts. Since its inception in 1989, the series has become one of the world's preeminent publishers of aviation a titles. The editors, Drs. Von Hardesty and Michael Gorn, now seek manuscripts not only on the technology and operation of space vehicles, but on issues such as the scientific objectives, the social ramifications, and the political context of space exploration. The press will publish works of original scholarship written for the broadly educated public. Manuscripts should be in the range of 500 double spaced pages with generous margins. For further information, please contact the series editors at the National Air and Space Museum, Aeronautics Department, Mail Code 312, Room 3312, 7th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20560 or call 202-357-2515.


The National Space Club is soliciting entries for the 1996 Robert H. Goddard Historical Essay Award. Essays may explore any significant aspect of the historical development of rocketry and astronautics, and will be judged on their originality and scholarship. They cannot be more than 5,000 words long and must be submitted by 5 December 1996. The prize is a plaque and $1,000 award. For further information contact the Goddard Historical Essay Contest, c/o National Space Club, 655 15th Street, N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005.


The DeWitt Stetten, Jr., Museum of Medical Research at the National Institutes of Health invites applications for the Stetten Memorial Fellowship in the history of twentieth-century biomedical sciences and technology. The fellowship supports either one year of dissertation research or up to one full year of postdoctoral work for a fellow in residence at the museum. The annual stipend ranges from $12,000-17,000 for a predoctoral appointment and from $25,000-28,000 for a postdoctoral appointment. The fellowship is funded by a nonfederal organization, the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, Inc. (FAES). For application materials, write to Ms. Lois Kochanski, Executive Director, Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, Inc., 1 Cloister Court, Bethesda, MD 20814-1460. The deadline for receipt of applications is 16 December 1996.

A Mellon Foundation postdoctoral teaching-research fellowship is available in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Applicants are encouraged from any of the four component fields of Science and Technology Studies: sociology of science and technology; history of science and technology; philosophy of science and technology; politics and policy of science and technology. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree after September 1991. Applicants who will receive the Ph.D. degree by 30 June 1997 are eligible to apply. The postdoctoral teaching-research fellowship will begin 1 July 1997 and offers a stipend of $28,000. Fellowships are limited to citizens of the United States, Canada, or those with permanent U.S. residency cards. To apply, please contact: Ms. Agnes Sirrine, Program Administrator, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, Cornell University, A.D. White Center for the Humanities, 27 East Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14853-1101 Telephone: 607-255-9274. All application materials (including letters of recommendation) must be postmarked by 4 January 1997.


"Here and Now: Improving the Presentation of Contemporary Science and Technology in Museums and Science Centres" will be a special conference at the London Science Museum on 21-22 November 1996. Leading journalists, scientists, and the museum community will identify strategies to address the urgent issues associated with presenting contemporary science in museums and science centres. On 23 November, there will be an additional event focusing on the presentation of biotechnology through museums and science centres. For a list of speakers and sessions, please email Rebecca Mileham at, or check the Web site at For a leaflet and booking form, please send a message to or write to Rebecca Mileham, Exhibitions Unit, Science Museum, London SW7 2DD, UK. Telephone 44 (0)171 938 8047, fax 44 (0)171 938 9773.

The American Astronautical Society's national conference and 43rd annual meeting is slated for 9-11 December 1996 in Houston. For more information, please contact the American Astronautical Society at 703-866-0020, fax 703-866-3526, email

The National Air and Space Museum and the American Association of Museums are cosponsoring the tenth annual seminar on mutual concerns for air and space museums. Last year's event was attended by over 100 people, representing over 70 domestic and international organizations. The 1997 seminar will be held the week of 17 March at the Capitol Holiday Inn, near the National Air and Space Museum. For further information, please contact Pamela Blalock, Office of Cooperative Programs, NASM MRC 321, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560, 202-357-4473, email NASEM013@SIVM.SI.EDU.

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of Thomas A. Edison's birth, the National Park Service, Edison National Historic Site; the Organization of American Historians and the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance will sponsor a conference, "Interpreting Edison," on 25-27 June 1997. This conference will convene educators, museum curators, interpreters, scholars from a variety of disciplines, and the public for a critical examination of Edison's impact on innovation, manufacturing, business, and popular culture. The conference will also explore Edison's role as inventor, entrepreneur and cultural figure; the role of his laboratories in Newark, Menlo Park, West Orange, and Fort Myers in the development of technology and science; and the role of the National Park Service and other agencies in preserving and interpreting the Edison story. For more information, contact Leonard DeGraaf, Edison National Historic Site, Main Street and Lakeside Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052, telephone 201-736-0550, x22, email:


Joseph N. Tatarewicz's manuscript, "Exploring the Solar System: The History of Planetary Geosciences Since Galileo," has just received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 1997 History Manuscript Award. This historical project was managed by the NASA History Office and funded by Office of Space Science. The manuscript is now being revised for publication in the "New Series in NASA History," published at no expense to the Federal Government by the Johns Hopkins University Press, and should appear in about a year. The last winner of this award was Michael Neufeld's manuscript on German rocketry in World War II, The Rocket and the Reich.

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