NASA History News and Notes
Vol. 19 No. 1

February 2002

·“Reflecting on a Century of Flight” Symposium Held

·Kennedy Space Center History Contract Opportunity

·NASA History Summer Fellowships and Internships

·Call for Proposals:  AHA Fellowship in Aerospace History

·Program Director sought for Science and Technology Studies, National Science Foundation

·New NASA History Publications

·Forthcoming NASA History Publications

·New NASA Historical Information On-Line

·Upcoming On-Line NASA Historical Information

·Other Employment Opportunities

·Centennial of Flight Activities

·New Space History Collections

·Art Contest

·Smithsonian Institution Press Seeks Manuscripts

·Challenge to Apollo Receives AAS Emme Prize

·Calls for Papers

·Upcoming Meetings



In conjunction with NASA's Centennial of Flight Coordinator, Tony Springer; the national Centennial of Flight Commission; th Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, and various other cosponsors, the NASA History Office held a free event entitled "Reflecting on a Century of Flight: Honoring the Past, Inventing the Future." This event took place at the Carnegie Institution of Washington on Friday, 14 December 2001. Among the topics considered, and those presenting them, were the following:

·         “Inventing Flight: Science, Technology, Balloons, and Airplanes,” Tom D. Crouch, NASM Senior Curator for Aeronautics and author of the prize-winning book, The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright (W.W. Norton and Co., 1989).

·         “The Jet Age,” Donald S. Lopez, NASM Deputy Director and author of Into the Teeth of the Tiger. (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997).

·         “Expanding the Frontiers of Flight,” Edward T. Schneider, NASA test pilot and co-author of Toward Mach 2: The Douglas D-558 Program (NASA SP-4222, 1999).

·         The Extension of Human Flight into Space,” Roger Crouch, NASA astronaut and Senior Scientist in the NASA Office of Spaceflight

·         “Looking Toward the Future of Flight,” Robert A. Pearce, Office of Aerospace Technology.

Master of Ceremonies was Stan Kandebo, Senior Editor, Aviation Week and Space Technology.

We would like to thank all of the participants at this unique seminar on the significance of a century of flight.




The Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Cape Canaveral, Florida, has approved funding for a three-year fixed-price contract to write its history since Apollo. The history would serve as an addition and sequel to Moonport, a history of the Center that deals with the 1960s. (Moonport is available on-line at: on the Web.) The Center will want the individual(s) working on this project to reside at the Cape and will provide office space, telephone, computer, etc., for the contractor on-site. The salary and fringe benefits will be in the assistant professor range.

This anticipated two-year effort is intended to lead to the publication of an in-depth book providing an overview of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) from its inception in 1962 to the present. It should focus on safety, mission, launches, key officials, personal anecdotal stories, workforce, facilities, technical systems, launch and payload processing, engineering accomplishments, and technological contributions. The history will take its place alongside other NASA center histories. A list of center histories is available at series95.html on the Web. More information about the solicitation is available at http://nais.msfc.nasa. gov/cgibin/EPS/synopsis.cgi?acqid=99735 on the Web. If you have any questions about the contract solicitation, please contact Sharon L. White, Contracting Officer, 321-867-7230, fax 321-867-1166, email-, or Roy M. Colvin, Contracting Officer, Phone 321-867-3415, Fax 321-867-1166, Email Mitch.Colvin-1@ksc. Applicants should prepare a proposal for the history, including a vita, and send to Dr. Shannon Roberts at KSC. Her telephone number is 321-867-0867 and her e-mail address is The deadline for proposals is 12 February 2002.




In addition, the Kennedy Space Center seeks qualified history applicants for the NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship Program. Program participants will research the history of Kennedy Space Center with a particular focus on 1976 to the present. Areas to be covered include: safety; shuttle, space station, and expendable launch vehicle programs, missions, key officials, anecdotal stories, launch and payload processing, vehicles, facilities, and engineering and technological contributions. Products anticipated include: oral histories with key officials, research and collection of documentation, and one to two monographs.

This is part of a multi-year Kennedy Space Center project that will result in an historical text, oral histories, monographs, photographs, research and collection of documentation, and videos covering the history of Kennedy Space Center since its inception in 1962. Desired specialized capabilities include: Ph.D. in History or related field; published record, preferably a book, in a peer reviewed historical periodical, evidencing serious historical research and writing; and, familiarity with the aerospace field and the State of Florida. For additional information, please contact: Dr. C. Shannon Roberts, Associate Director for External Relations and Business Development (XA), Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899; 321-867-0867;

Similarly, the Johnson Space Center seeks qualified history applicants for the NASA Faculty Fellowship Program. The NASA Johnson Space Center history office is seeking qualified applicants in history to apply for a 10-week summer faculty fellowship offered. The successful applicant will work closely with the JSC History Office to conduct research and write a finished monograph on a selected topic in the history of human space flight. Requirements for the fellowship include the following: U.S. citizenship and employment as a faculty member (adjunct or full time) with an accredited U.S. college or university. Stipends are $1,200 per week plus a travel allowance. In addition, a relocation allowance will be provided for those Fellows who must relocate their residence. For further information on the NFFP program and to submit an application, please visit the following Website: or contact Dr. Richard Bannerot at the University of Houston, email address Application deadline is 15 February 2002.

The Johnson Space Center also announces its 2002 Oral History Project Summer Intern Program. Established by the Center Director in 1996, the primary goal of the project is to research and interview individuals who enabled the exciting and challenging space programs of yesterday and today. This program provides temporary summer work only and is limited to undergraduate and graduate students. The positions are full-time. Pay ranges from $10.29 to $16.01 per hour, depending on experience and education. Jobs begin as early as mid-May and last about 10 weeks. Interns are responsible for housing and transportation. Applicants are expected to be U.S. citizens, enrolled in a four-year college or university at least in their junior year, have research experience, good writing and documentation skills, computer experience using MS Word and Powerpoint, and provide a letter of recommendation from a professor.

Applicants must submit a resume or a completed Optional Application for Federal Employment (form OF-612) clearly marked for the Oral History Project Summer Intern Program. Applicats must also provide the following: full name, mailing address, and day and evening phone numbers, Social Security Number, college transcript from the 2001 Fall semester, or a letter of acceptance admitting you to the 2002 Fall semester, or a signed certification that you will be attending college in the fall 2002 semester. If claiming veteran preference, include your form DD-214. Submit completed application packages in the Employment Office, Building 111, at the Johnson Space Center, or mail to NASA Johnson Space Center,Attention: AH2/Student Programs, 2101 NASA Road One, Houston, TX 77058. Applications must be received at the Johnson Space Center no later than 28 February 2002.

Last but not least, the NASA History Office at Headquarters plans to hire one summer intern again this year. We anticipate that the vacancy announcement will open in mid to late February and applications will be accepted for about a month. Please check on the Web for more details. We will create a link from there to the vacancy announcement when it opens and it will also announce this via our listserv.




The American Historical Association has announced the annual competition for the 2002-2003 Fellowship in Aerospace History. Supported by NASA, this fellowship will fund a Fellow, for one academic year, to undertake a research project related to aerospace history. It will provide one Fellow the opportunity to engage in significant and sustained advanced research in all aspects of the history of aerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and the history of science, engineering, and management.

Applicants must possess a doctorate degree in history or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student (having completed all coursework) in a doctoral degree-granting program. The fellowship term is for a period of at least six months, but not more than one year. The Fellow will be expected to devote the term entirely to the proposed research project, have (and be encouraged to take advantage of) the opportunity to use the documentary resources of NASA, and may spend the fellowship in residence at NASA Headquarters or a Field Center. Applicants must complete an application form and offer a specific and detailed research proposal that will be the basis of the fellow's research during the term. At the fellowship’s conclusion, the fellow will be expected to write a report, and to present a paper or a public lecture on the Fellowship experience.

The stipend is $20,000 for a six to nine-month term. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees. A fellow may not hold concurrent fellowships or grants during the fellowship term, except sabbatical and supplemental grants from their own institutions, and small grants from other sources for specific research expenses. Sources of anticipated support must be listed in the application form. Submit to: Fellowship in Aerospace History, American Historical Association, 400 A Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003. Additional information is available at on the Web. Applications and letters of recommendation must be postmarked by 1 March 2002.





The NASA History Office is pleased to announce the availability of a new CD-ROM, Shuttle-Mir: The United States and Russia Share History’s Highest Stage (NASA SP-2001-4603). This CD-ROM was originally released in September 2001 as a companion to an illustrated history book with the same title, NASA SP-2001-4225.

This standalone, searchable CD includes the full text and images in the book, as well as additional multimedia material. It further explores the Shuttle-Mir program with more text, photos, videos, biographies, letters home from the Mir astronauts, and oral histories that explain the daily challenges faced by those working on Earth and in orbit. This CD-ROM is recommended for all those who are interested in space history. Students in junior high school and above should particularly enjoy this CD-ROM, as will their teachers and parents. This CD-ROM runs on both Mac and PC computers.

Individual copies are available for $5.00 each. To order the CD-ROM, please mail a check, money order, or purchase order to NASA CORE, Lorain County JVS, 15181 Route 58 South Oberlin, OH 44074; 440-775-1400: toll-free 1-866-776-CORE; fax 440-775-1460; on the Web; email CORE accepts credit cards (Visa and MasterCard). Shipping rates are $6 for an order up to $25, and $7 for orders from $25.01 to $50.

The NASA Dryden Flight Research Center history office is pleased to announce the availability of a catalog of its publications. Please contact historian Michael Gorn via email at or by phone at 661-276-2355 for a copy.




          The American Astronautical Society (AAS) has just announced that Asif A. Siddiqi is the recipient of the 2000 Emme Award for Astronautical Literature for his book Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race, 1945-1974. Named in honor of the first NASA Historian, Eugene M. Emme, the Emme award was created in 1982 to annually recognize an outstanding book serving public understanding about the impact of astronautics on society and its potential for the future. Our congratulations to Asif Siddiqi for this award.



          We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Uplink-Downlink: A History of the Deep Space Network (NASA SP‑2001-4225), by Douglas J. Mudgway. The book describes and analyzes the complex history of the Deep Space Network (DSN) from its origins, as a result of the early years of the planetary science program in the late 1950s, through its current role as the most capable communications system in the world. It assesses the role of this critical communications method for providing control to planetary probes and as a means of obtaining the scientific data collected.

          In early spring 2002, we will publish Asif A. Siddiqi’s Deep Space Chronicle: Robotic Exploration Missions to the Planets (NASA SP-2002-4524) as one of our “Monographs in Aerospace History.” This monograph will provide an overview of the missions, conducted by the United States, the Soviet Union/Russia, and the other spacefaring nations of the world, to the planets of the solar system.

Peter W. Merlin’s monograph, Mach 3+: NASA/USAF YF-12 Flight Research, 1969-1979 (NASA SP-2002-4525, 2002) is another upcoming publication. This monograph will be a study of the use of the YF-12/SR-71 in flight research at the Dryden Flight Research Center.

Smithsonian Institution Press has agreed to publish the second edition of On the Frontier: Flight Research at Dryden, 1946-1981. Originally published in 1984 as NASASP-4303, this well-regarded book was written by Richard Hallion. An on-line version of the original book is available at http://www.dfrc. on the Web. Michael H. Gorn, Dryden’s historian, co-authored the revised version. Extensively expanded and updated from the original, it will be released early in 2003. It will be the first Field Center history to be published by a commercial or university press.




          From Engineering Science to Big Science: The NACA and NASA Collier Trophy Research Project Winners (SP-4219, 1998), edited by Pamela E. Mack, is now available with full test and images at on the Web. While hard copies of this publication are still available for purchase (see http://history.nasa. gov/gpo/order.html on the Web), we are pleased to offer an on-line version of this excellent introduction to the varied kinds of outstanding research that the NACA and NASA personnel have done. Special thanks to volunteer John Henry for formatting this publication for the Web.

          Volumes 5 and 6 of the NASA Historical Databooks are now available in text searchable pdf format from cover.html on the Web. These volumes cover the time period 1979-1988. Special thanks to Joel Vendette of the Headquarters Printing and Design office for formatting this useful reference material for the Web.

          Life in the Universe: Proceedings of a Conference Held at NASA Ames Research Center Moffet Field, California, June 19-20, 1979 (NASA CP-2156, 1981), edited by John Billingham, is now available on-line at on the Web. Readers may also go to our SETI page for more related information. Special thanks to Chris Gamble for formatting this volume for the Web.

Apollo by the Numbers: A Statistical Reference (NASA SP-2000-4029), by Richard W. Orloff, is now on-line at htm on the Web. This on-line version includes all the extensive text and useful tables of the hard copy edition. The author has also made a number of corrections to the data in the hard copy edition. The on-line version does not include the original photos. To purchase a hard copy edition of this book, click here. Special thanks to Rich Orloff himself for formatting this publication for the Web.

NASA Glenn Research Center has a very good site on the Plum Brook Reactor Facility Decommissioning in Sandusky, Ohio at on the Web. In particular, you may want to click on the newsletter feature to read more about the historic preservation efforts taking place there. Thanks to Kevin Coleman for sharing this valuable information.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory Archives recently added a set of JPL historical timelines to the Library, Archives, and Records Section Web site. The timelines are presented in both text only and graphical versions. They can be found by going to on the Web, clicking on FIND IT/SEARCH, and then clicking on Find Historical Info. Thanks to Mike Hooks for providing this useful information.





          To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Mercury "Friendship 7" flight on February 20, 1962, we plan to unveil a modest Web site. This anniversary marks John Glenn's mission, the first in which an American orbited the Earth. We also plan to have a physical exhibit in the Great Hall of the Headquarters building.

          In addition to volumes 5 and 6 of the NASA Historical Databooks, we hope to post volumes 1 to 4. Our Web volunteers are working to have these volumes in a text searchable format for researchers.




The IEEE History Center offers three different programs of support annually for young scholars pursuing the history of electrical engineering and computing: An Internship for a junior graduate student, a Dissertation Fellowship for an advanced graduate student or recent Ph.D.; and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship for a recent Ph.D. The Internship and the Dissertation Fellowship are funded by the IEEE Life Members Committee; the Post-Doc is funded by Rutgers University. The Internship and the Post-Doc require residence at the IEEE History Center, on the Rutgers University Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey; there is no residency requirement for the Dissertation Fellowship. The IEEE History Center is pleased to announce the competitions for the 2002 awards. Contact the IEEE History Center, Rutgers University, 39 Union Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8538, email: More information is available at history_center on the Web. The deadline for contacting the IEEE History Center is 1 March 2002.

Northwestern University's Science in Human Culture Program (SHC) invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the contextual study of science, technology, and medicine, to start September 2002. They are seeking applicants in the history of science, the philosophy of science, and the sociology/anthropology of science, who will thrive in an interdisciplinary program. Two fellows will be appointed and will be affiliated with both the SHC and an appropriate disciplinary department (history, philosophy, sociology, etc). They will pursue a program of independent scholarship and, by arrangement with the program director and chair of the fellow's department, teach two one-quarter courses a year, a seminar and a lecture course. They will help organize the SHC weekly faculty seminar series, and give one seminar a year. The annual stipend is $33,300. For more information contact Ken Alder, program director, at k-alder@northwestern. edu.

The national Centennial of Flight Commission has just advertised on the FAA web site for the procurement of electronic media educational and historical materials for inclusion on the Commission's website. The material requested is relatively broad in scope but consists of historical information regarding the Wright brothers and their aviation legacy that is credible, authentic, legitimate and educational. To access this call for proposals, go first to the on the Web. Once there, click on the "Current Announcements" icon at the left of your computer screen. That will open another set of icons delineating solicitations by region, date, etc. Click on the search icon and type "web enhancement." For more information, please contact the contracting officer, Wanda Smith, at or 202-267-3680. The closing date for this procurement is 15 March 2002.




In November 2001, The National Plan for The Centennial of Flight Commemoration was published and distributed to Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, heads of Executive Branch agencies, and members of the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission and the First Flight Centennial Federal Advisory Board. The National Plan is a comprehensive outline that captures the broad range of activities that are being planned for the centennial and is an excellent source of centennial commemoration information. It also serves as the National Commission’s annual report to Congress and is available on-line at http://www.centennialofflight. gov/commission/natl_plan/natl_plan.htm on the Web.

There are two new features on the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission’s Web site. The first is a new section of brief essays that describe significant events in aviation history, arranged chronologically on a timeline. These essays explain the nature and significance of key events and developments in the history of aviation, aeronautics, and space flight. Visitors to the Web site will be able to access hundreds of essays on aerospace topics; a rich collection of images; a timeline of significant aviation events; and a dictionary of persons, places, and things that are important to understanding the history of aviation and aerospace. For classroom use, the essays and dictionary entries have been generally correlated to the national learning and curriculum standards in mathematics, science, technology, and history. As this feature evolves, new essay categories will be added to the Web site through the summer of 2002. This feature is available at http://www. on the Web.

The second exciting new feature is provided by The Wright Experience. One hundred years ago, Orville and Wilbur Wright set out to solve the problems of flight. Their early prototype developmental aircraft were destroyed along with all the construction documentation and drawings. Rediscovering the secrets of the Wright brothers to inspire a new generation is what inspires The Wright Experience. Mr. Ken Hyde, founder of The Wright Experience, writes, "The more we learn, the more we are inspired by their achievement." The Wright Experience wants to share this inspiration through an educational program whose goal is to share discoveries of the Wrights' achievement with the world, providing a wealth of material to aid educators and scholars, and inspire young dreamers everywhere. The first presentation offered is "In Depth: The Engine"—based on an investigation of the Wright Vertical Four Engine (Serial #20). This will tell two stories in parallel: The Wright Experience's work in finding, obtaining, restoring, operating, and testing the 1911 Vertical Four Engine, together with the discoveries about the Wrights' engine technology. The presentation also chronicles the Wright brothers' development of the engine from the 1903 engine to the production Vertical Four and is on-line at http:// on the Web.




For those interested in the history of Soviet spaceflight, Dr. Sergei Khrushchev, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, has donated materials relating to his father and himself to the John Hay Library at Brown University, Providence RI. The Nikita Khrushchev materials include transcripts of dictated reminiscences, edited by Sergei Khurshchev and later published; photograph albums of official visits both within and outside the Soviet Union; and other memorabelia. There are also books, articles, clippings, taped interviews, and various documents pertaining to Khrushchev’s role as author and public speaker, both about his father and also about his own circumstances in becoming a naturalized American citizen. Further information is available from on the Web.

A unique 45-year collection of U.S. Space Program-related newspapers, magazines, books, flight transcripts and government reports has been donated to the prestigious Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center by writer/historian Dick Lattimer, a resident of Cedar Key, Florida. The Lattimer Collection contains almost 5,000 items relating to America's successful efforts in space from the time that President Dwight Eisenhower first announced in 1955 that the U.S. would put its first satellite into orbit in late 1957, through all of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo flights in America's successful Lunar Landing Program, the Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz flights, and including the first 100 Space Shuttle Missions. Valued at $145,000 by a nationally known appraiser of unique collections, the items are now permanently housed at the Hutchinson, Kansas facility along with a database prepared by the author for access by future historians, writers, students and the general public. The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center recently led the recovery of Astronaut Gus Grissom's Mercury space capsule, Liberty Bell 7, from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean where it had rested since sinking during Grissom's historic 1961 suborbital mission. Dick Lattimer is the author of several books about the U.S. Space Program, including "All We Did Was Fly to the Moon”.




The AIAA Evolution of Flight Campaign will again be sponsoring an art contest for children ages 5 to 16. For more information, please visit on the Web. Students should complete their artwork and write their first and last name and age on the front of their entry in the bottom right corner in black marker ink. A parent or guardian should fill out and sign the AIAA Entry/Parental Contest form and mail the entire package to Evolution of Flight Campaign Art Contest, Attn: Kimberly Grant, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 500, Reston, VA 20191-4344. Entries must be postmarked by 1 March 2002.





          The Smithsonian Institution Press is expanding its publishing program in aviation, space, and military history. In addition, the SIP/National Air & Space Museum’s aviation history series has been expanded to include space history. Now called the Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight Series, the inaugural book in the refocused series is Beyond the Moon: A Golden Age of Planetary Exploration, 1971-1978, by Robert S. Kraemer. SIP is seeking substantive scholarly works and monographs, plus well-researched, well-written histories, biographies, and memoirs. Send complete or partial manuscripts, proposals, and queries to Mark Gatlin, Smithsonian Institution Press, e-mail: mgatlin@




The National Science Foundation invites applications for the position of Program Director, to begin preferably in August 2002. The position is a rotational one, carrying an initial one-year appointment, normally renewable for up to two years or more.

The Program Director for Science and Technology Studies (STS) represents STS to colleagues in the NSF and other Federal science agencies and to the Administration. STS encompasses history, philosophy, and social science studies of science, engineering and technology. The Program Director provides intellectual leadership and is responsible for all aspects of program administration and development. He or she administers the review of research proposals submitted to NSF in this field and is responsible for recommending and documenting actions on the proposals reviewed, for dealing with administrative matters relating to active NSF grants, and for maintaining regular contact with the relevant research communities and providing advice and consultation to persons requesting them. Program Directors are also expected to engage in NSF-wide initiatives and interagency collaborations.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, and must be active in research in some area covered by the program. They should show evidence of initiative, administrative skill, and ability to work well with others. Six or more years of research experience beyond the Ph.D. are required for appointment as Program Director. Six or more years of research experience beyond the Ph.D. is desirable for appointment as Program Director. Salary is negotiable, and is comparable with academic salaries at major US institutions.

Please direct inquiries and expressions of interest to Dr. Daniel H. Newlon, Acting Division Director of the Division of Social and Economic Sciences, phone: (703) 292-8761; e-mail:; or Dr. Bruce Seely, Program Director, Science and Technology Studies, phone: (703) 292-8763, e-mail:; or Mrs. Bonney Sheahan, coordinator of the cluster housing the STS program, phone: (703) 292-8764, or e-mail: All are located in Suite 995, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, fax: (703) 292-9068.




The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) is holding its annual conference at the University of Toronto, 26-28 May 2002. The program committee invites historians, philosophers and other scholars of the social sciences and humanities to submit paper, panel or session proposals. The proposals and papers may be in English or French, and should have a title, a brief abstract of 150 to 250 words, and the complete information for correspondence. For further information check out the CSHPS Program Web Site:

A conference, "Astronomical Instruments and Archives from the Asia-Pacific Region,” will be held in Cheongju, Korea on 2-5 July 2002. Its program committee has issued a call for papers about individual or small groups of related archives or historic astronomical instruments that are either from, or relate to, the Asian region, any of the Pacific nations, or American countries that have Pacific Ocean coastlines. Deadline for submission is 30 April 2002. For further details please consult the Conference Web site: conference2002.

The International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) has reserved space on its calendar for a history of aeronautics session at its 23rd Congress set to be held at Toronto, Ontario on 8-13 September 2002. This organization is closely allied with the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, and has asked the AIAA History Committee to organize a history session for the conference. ICAS is seeking four papers on any subject in the history of aeronautics for presentation at this conference. Interested parties should contact: Tony Springer, Code RG, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, phone 202 358-0848, e-mail Further information on the conference may be found on the ICAS web site at

The Social Science History Association will hold its next annual meeting 24-27 October 2002, in St. Louis, MO. This call for papers is particularly for those interested in political history. Both individual papers and complete panels are considered for inclusion. If you need assistance in forming a panel, contact Jim Huston ( Proposals may be submitted on-line from on the Web. In forming a panel (usually two to three papers, one commentator, one chair), SSHA prefers participants represent more than one discipline and institution. While the theme of the conference is international comparisons, all subjects and topics are welcome. The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2002.

On 14-16 November 2002, Penn State will host a conference on "Lewis and Clark: The Unheard Voices." The conference will reexamine the 200-year impact of the Lewis and Clark expedition on peoples, cultures, and the environment. Environmental historians, historians of science, historians of native peoples, cultural studies scholars, and visual arts scholars will be participating. More detailed information about the conference is available on-line at on the Web. The deadline for submissions is 1 April 2002.

The School of History Technology and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta will host JASHOPS 2002 (the Joint Atlantic Seminar in the History of the Physical Sciences) on 21-22 September 2002. Papers are invited from pre-docs and recent post-docs on the theme “Distributed Sites of Knowledge Production,” and that explore the multiple spaces in which knowledge has been produced, circulated, and transformed over time. Some financial support will be available for graduate students. For further information please contact: Jahnavi Phalkey or Prof. John Krige or write to either at the School of History, Technology and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology, D M Smith Bldg., 685 Cherry Street, Atlanta, GA 30332-0345. Abstracts are due 25 April 2002.

          Abstracts are now being solicited for the fifth annual MAPLD International Conference. Programmable devices and technologies, as well as digital engineering and related fields, will comprise the major emphasis of this conference geared towards military and aerospace applications. The conference will be held at the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD on 10-12 September 2002. The technical program will consist of oral and poster technical presentations and industrial and government exhibits. Select papers will be published in the AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. This conference is open to US and foreign participation and is unclassified. Conference organizers are especially interested in papers emphasizing design and analysis techniques with respect to reliability and fault tolerance, high-performance, and low power for digital circuits. Papers on state-of-the-art military and aerospace applications and ‘lessons learned’ are also strongly encouraged. For more conference information, please see on the Web or contact Richard Katz, Conference Chair, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, email or phone 301-286-9705. Abstracts should be approximately two pages long. Please send abstracts to The abstract must be in an attached file, named using this format: LastName_A.ext - where last name is the name of the first author—e.g., Katz_A.txt. Please include first author information for point of contact (name, affiliation, phone number, and e-mail address). All abstracts must be unclassified. Abstracts are due 28 May 2002.

          The program committee for the History of Science Society invites papers for the society’s annual meeting taking place in Milwaukee, WU, on 7-10 November 2002. The program committee has selected the theme, “Crossing Borders,” to give coherence and structure to the annual meeting. Proposals on all topics are encouraged, but some preference will be given to strong papers and sessions that relate to the theme. Proposals for sessions and contributed papers must reach the History of Science Societys Executive Office, Box 351330, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1330; phone: 206-543-9366; fax: 206-685-9544; e-mail: by 2 April 2002. Proposals must be submitted using on-line at on the Web.

The Canadian Journal of Space Exploration publishes papers of an innovative yet practical nature relating to the exploration and development of space. We invite submissions in the following fields of study: astro/exobiology, small bodies, atmospheric research, life support systems, analog studies, planetary geology, astronomy and astrophysics, space law and policy, public outreach and education, canadian space history. Inquiries or completed submissions should be sent to: Chandra Clarke, Canadian Journal of Space Exploration, 4 Sherman St., Thamesville, Ontario, N0P 2K0 Canada, email, fax 801-469-6206. Submissions must be typed, between two and six pages. Use word processing software with minimal formatting. Authors' names should appear only on a cover sheet and any identifiers in the text should be masked so that manuscripts can be reviewed anonymously. Each submission should include a cover letter with the following information: name, affiliation, address, e-mail, address of each author; name of the presenting author; name of the contact author; a minimum of five (5) keywords. The completed paper can be e-mailed either as an attached document (MIME protocol), or as plain text in the body of the message. Send to As a precaution, a hard copy should be faxed or mailed to the address above.




On 6-9 March 2002 the American Association for History and Computing will hold its annual meeting at the Nashville Marriott Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee. This year’s theme will be "Reading Clio's Compass: Assessing Where We Are with History and Instructional Technology." Contact: Ken Dvorak, Secretary and Director of Publicity, AAHC, Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan, 40010, 517- 483.1280, email:

On 13-15 March 2002, the Women in Aviation International 2002 Conference will be held at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Contact: Women in Aviation, International, P.O. Box 11287, Daytona Beach, FL USA 32120-1287; 386-226-7996; Fax 386226-7998 ; email: <; Website:

On 14-17 March 2002 the 20th Annual Mephistos Conference on Science and Technology History Studies will be held on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Contact: Mephistos 2002, Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech, 131 Lane Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0227, 540-231-6547, Fax x7013, email: .

On 16-19 March 2002 the National Air & Space Museum will host its 15th Annual Mutual Concerns of Air & Space Museums Seminar in Washington, DC. Contact: Jane Pisano, National Air & Space Museum, MRC 310, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC 20560-0310, Tel.: (202) 357-4473, Fax x4579, email: .

On 20-21 March 2002 the American Astronautical Society will host its 40th Annual Goddard Memorial Symposium at the Greenbelt Marriott Hotel in Greenbelt, Maryland. Contact: The American Astronautical Society, 6352 Rolling Mill Place, Suite 102, Springfield VA 22152-2354, 703-866-0020,

The annual meeting of the Society for History in the Federal Government will be held on Thursday, 11 April 2002, at the Library of Congress, Jefferson Building. This year's theme: A Dynamic Relationship: The Federal Legislature, Executive, and Judiciary in Operations. For more information, or to suggest papers/panels, contact program chair Richard Myers at

On 11-14 April 2002, tThe Organization of American Historians and the National Council on Public History will co-host their respective annual meetings at the Renaissance Washington Hotel in Washington, DC. The theme of their joint sessions will be “Overlapping Diasporas: Encounters and Conversions.” Contact: Convention Manager, Organization of American Historians, 112 North Bryan Avenue, Bloomington IN 47408-4199, 812-855-7311, email:, Website:

          The National Remote Sensing and Space Law Center is hosting The First International Conference on the State of Remote Sensing Law 18-19 April 2002. For more information, please see on the Web or contact Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz at .

On 19-20 April 2002, the George Washington University Cold War Group is pleased to announce that it will host its third Annual Graduate Student History Conference on the Cold War in Washington, D.C. Contact: The George Washington University Cold War (GWCW) Group Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, 2013 G. Street, NW, Suite 401, Washington, D.C. 20052; 202-994-6340,; on the Web.

On 6-8 June 2002, tThe International Symposium on Technology and Society will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina. This year’s theme is “Social Implications of Information and Communication Technology.” Contact: Joseph R. Herkert, Conference Chair, Dept. of Multidisciplinary Studies, Box 7107, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC 27695-7107; 919-515-7993, email: joe

On 10-19 October 2002, the World Space Congress 2002 will be held, with the theme “The New Face of Space.” Events include meetings of the Committee on Space Research, the International Astronautical Federation, and the International Institute of Space Law. Contact: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1801 Alexander Bell Dr., Ste. 500, Reston VA 20191-4344; 800-NEW AIAA, Fax 703-264-7551; Website:

On 17-20 October 2002, the Society for the History of Technology will hold its annual meeting at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, Canada. Contact: SHOT, Department. of the History of Science, Medicine & Technology,216B Ames Hall, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD 21218; 410-516-8349; on the Web.

On 7-10 November 2002, the History of Science Society will hold its annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This year’s theme is “Crossing the Borders.” Contact: History of Science Society, Executive Office, Box 351330, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1330; 206-543-9366, email:; Website:

On 19-21 November 2002, the American Astronautical Society will hold its National Conference and 49th Annual Meeting at the Four Points Sheraton in Sunnyvale, California. Contact: American Astronautical Society, 6352 Rolling Mill Place, Ste. 102, Springfield, VA 22152-2354, 703-866-0020, email:; Website:




The following is a list of recent books in space history that were not published as part of the NASA History Program.

Catchpole, John. Project Mercury: NASA's First Manned Space Programme. Chicester, England: Springer-Praxis, 2001.

Damohn, Mark. Back Down to Earth: The Development of Space Policy for NASA during the Jimmy Carter Administration. San Jose, CA: Authors Choice Press, 2001.

Dorminey, Bruce. Distant Wonderers: The Search for Planets Beyond the Solar System. New York: Springer Verlag, Copernicus Books, 2002.

Elder, Donald C. and Christophe Rothmund. Editors. History of Rocketry and Astronautics: Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth and Twenty-Ninth History Symposia of the International Academy of Astronautics. San Diego: Univelt, Inc., 2001. Volume 23, AAS History Series.

Fischer, Daniel. Mission Jupiter: The Spectacular Journey of the Galileo Spacecraft. New York: Copernicus Books, 2001.

Gainor, Christopher. Arrows to the Moon: Avro's Engineers and the Space Race. Burlington, Ontario: Apogee Books, 2001.

Hall, Rex, and David J. Shayler. Leaving the Planet: The Flights of the First Cosmonauts. Chicester, England: Springer-Praxis, 2001.

Handberg, Roger. Ballistic Missile Defense and the Future of American Security: Agendas, Perceptions, Technology, and Policy. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002.

Harris, Gary L. The Origins and Technology of the Advanced Extravehicular Space Suit. San Diego, CA: Univelt, Inc., 2001, AAS History Series, Vol. 24.

Harvey, Brian. Russia in Space: The Failed Frontier? New York: Springer Verlag, 2001.

Kelly, Thomas J. Moon Lander: How We Developed the Lunar Module. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001.

Kraft, Christopher C., and James L. Schefter. Flight: My Life in Mission Control. New York: E.P. Dutton, 2001.

Leverington, David. New Cosmic Horizons: Space Astronomy from the V-2 to the Hubble Space Telescope. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Lindsay, Hamish. Tracking Apollo to the Moon. New York: Springer Verlag, 2001.

Miller, Ron, and Frederick C. Durant III. The Art of Chesley Bonestell. London, England: Paper Tiger, 2001.

Ordway, Frederick I., III. Visions of Spaceflight: Images from the Ordway Collection. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 2001.

Shayler David J. Skylab: America's Space Station. Chicester, England: Springer-Praxis, 2001.

Wendt, Guenter, and Russell Still. The Unbroken Chain. Burlington, Ontario: Apogee Books, 2001.

          Zukowsky, John. Editor. 2001: Building for Space Travel. New York: Harry N Abrams, 2001.             


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