Vol. 19, No. 2                                                                                                                                  May 2002




·         Welcome Aboard

·         Valedictory

·         New Fellow in Aerospace History

·         Call for Nominations: AIAA History Book and Manuscript Prizes

·         New NASA History Publications

·         Forthcoming NASA History Publications

·         NASA History Books Published by Outside Publishers

·         Kennedy Space Center History Contract Awarded

·         New NASA Historical Information On-Line

·         Non-NASA History Related Sites

·         Employment Opportunities and Fellowships

·         Centennial of Flight Activities

·         News from the Centers

·         Calls for Papers

·         Awards

·         Upcoming Meetings




The NASA History Office is pleased to host three interns this summer. Welcome aboard! Jennifer Davis is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University and a second year NASA intern. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and plans on pursuing a Master’s Degree in Western American History.

Charles A. Brooks is a first time intern.  He is an undergraduate student at Alabama State University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history with a concentration in social and cultural history. He plans to continue his education for a Juris Doctorate Degree with a concentration in property acquisition.

Kathy Keltner is a first year Ph.D. student at Ohio University’s College of Communications, School of Telecommunications. She is presently conducting research on public opinion and the space program as a part of her research in graduate school.




          After nearly twelve years of service as the NASA Chief Historian, Dr. Roger D. Launius will be leaving the agency on 26 July 2002. He is moving to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum where he will become a member in and chair of the Department of Space History. This is an exciting move for Dr. Launius, who looks forward to pursuing some of his own research activities. NASA will be conducting a search to select a successor as Chief Historian. Stay tuned for more details.




          The American Historical Association has announced the winner of the competition for the 2002-2003 Fellowship in Aerospace History, funded by NASA. The fellow for the next academic year will be Yasushi Sato, a graduate student in the science and technology studies program at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Sato will use his fellowship to pursue research and writing on his dissertation, a comparative study of the development of space technology in the United States and Japan. We congratulate Mr. Sato. 




          The AIAA is accepting nominations for the Gardner-Lasser Aerospace Literature Award. This award is presented annually for the best original contribution to the field of aeronautical or astronautical historical non-fiction literature published in the last five years. The AIAA is also accepting nominations for the annual History Manuscript Award, presented for the best historical manuscript dealing with the science, technology, and impact of aeronautics and astronautics on society.

To enter either of these competitions, send five copies of the manuscript to the Aimee Munyan, AIAA Honors and Awards Liaison, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA 22091, telephone 703-264-7623, e-mail aimeem@aiaa.org. Clearly indicate that these nominations are for either the Gardner-Lasser Aerospace Literature Award or the History Manuscript Award. The deadline for submission is 15 July 2002. The awards will be presented at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences conference in Reno, Nevada, in January 2003.





          We urge everyone interested in the history of NASA to review Faster, Better, Cheaper: Low-Cost Innovation in the U.S. Space Program by Howard E. McCurdy. This concise hardcover volume is the latest “New Series in NASA History” from the Johns Hopkins University Press.  McCurdy investigates the sixteen robotic planetary exploration missions undertaken since the loss of the Mars Observer spacecraft in 1993. He assesses how smaller spacecraft, cheaper technology, and different management techniques faired these missions. This is an important scholarly book on a popular topic. It is available for $34.95 from Johns Hopkins University Press.  For more information or to purchase go to http://www.press.jhu.edu/press/books/titles/f01/f01mcfa.htm. 

The NASA Dryden Flight Research Center History Program recently published Mach 3+: NASA/USAF YF-12 Flight Research, 1969-1979 (NASA SP-2001-4525), by Peter W. Merlin. This concise volume is the latest in the “Monographs in Aerospace History” published as part of the NASA History Series. Merlin, historical archivist at NASA Dryden, tells the story of a unique flight research program involving variants of the Lockheed Blackbird supersonic reconnaissance airplanes conducted by NASA and the Air Force throughout the 1970s. Individuals interested in obtaining a copy of this monograph should send a self-addressed 8”x11” flat-rate Priority Mail envelope to the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center History Office, Mail Stop 1613, P.O. Box 273, Edwards, CA 93523. (The flat-rate Priority mail envelope costs about $5.00, which covers the cost of mailing the monograph. The monograph is heavy, almost one pound. The flat-rate cost is good even after the postal rate increase for First Class mail.)

We are pleased to announce the publication of Uplink-Downlink: A History of the Deep Space Network, 1957-1997 by Douglas J. Mudgway (Washington, DC: NASA SP-2001-4227, 2002). Since the beginning of the space age the critical technical component necessary to track the location of a spacecraft, to control its course, and to transmit data is the Deep Space Network (DSN). It represents an impressive engineering achievement. In addition, the DSN has also provided important scientific data that help us better understand our universe. Now over forty years old, the remarkably reliable DSN has quietly but superbly functioned as a literal guide for a variety of evolving, unique planetary spacecraft. This work is for sale for $82.00 (domestic postpaid) and $102.50 (internationally), from the U.S. Superintendent of Documents. By Mail: U.S. Government Printing Office, Documents Warehouse, 8610 Cherry Lane, Laurel, MD 20707, phone: (202) 512-1707 ext: 30273; fax: (202) 512-1657, or through the Website at http://bookstore.gpo.gov/. Order stock number 033-000-01241-1. This book may also be purchased from the NASA Information Center, Code CMI-1, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, Room 1H23, Washington, DC 20546-0001, (202) 358-0000. Order NASA SP-2001-4227.

          In an effort to ensure availability of significant works in NASA history we have reprinted in paperback On the Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini by Barton C. Hacker and James M. Grimwood (Washington, DC: NASA SP-4203, 1977, reprinted 2002). A detailed, yet highly readable book, itshould be the starting point for all who are interested in the basic history of the Gemini program. NASA’s second human spaceflight program, Gemini laid the groundwork for the more ambitious Apollo program which put astronauts on the Moon. Printed in 1977, this informative and entertaining book had long been out of print  It is now for sale for $47.00 (domestic postpaid) and $58.75 (internationally), from the US Superintendent of Documents. By Mail: U.S. Government Printing Office, Documents Warehouse, 8610 Cherry Lane, Laurel, MD 20707, Attn: Sales Stock (please put the stock number on the carton/cartons); phone: (202) 512-1707 ext: 30273; fax: (202) 512-1657, or through the Website at http://bookstore.gpo.gov/. Order stock number 033-000-01242-0. This book may also be purchased from the NASA Information Center, Code CMI-1, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, Room 1H23, Washington, DC 20546-0001, (202) 358-0000. Order NASA SP-4203.




          In early summer 2002, the NASA History Office 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.

          We Freeze to Please:  A History of NASA’s Icing Research Tunnel by William Leary (NASA SP-2002-4226) is the story of a unique facility that has made unparalleled contributions to a specialized area of aeronautics research that affects virtually all who fly. Operating for over half a century, the work done at the IRT continues to push the edge of the envelope and researchers there continue to make major contributions toward a problem that plagues aircraft around the world. “We Freeze to Please” brings this record forward clearly for the attention of specialists, policymakers, students, and general readers. This book should be available in mid summer 2002.

Looking Backward, Looking Forward:  Forty Years of U.S. Human Space Flight (NASA SP-2002-4107), edited by Stephen J. Garber, will be published in fall 2002.  This will be the published proceedings of a symposium held in May 2001. 

          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 NASA SP-4303, this well-regarded book was written by Richard P. Hallion. An on-line version of the original book is available at http://www.dfrc. nasa.gov/History/Publications/SP-4303/.  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, the first Field Center history to be published by a commercial or university press.




We are pleased to announce the publication of Development of the Space Shuttle, 1972-1981 (History of the Space Shuttle, Volume 2), which was sponsored by the NASA History Office. Written by T.A. Heppenheimer, this work was published by Smithsonian Institution Press in May 2002. It traces the development of the Space Shuttle through a decade of engineering design and development between the political decision to proceed with it in 1972 and its first orbital flight in 1981. In the process it documents program breakthroughs and challenges, the evolution of program management structures, and the advancing state of the technology of reusable space vehicles. It focuses on the engineering challenges NASA faced in propulsion, thermal protection, aerodynamics, electronics, and onboard systems for the shuttle. The author also covers in depth the alternative concepts proposed by the U.S. Air Force and various European countries. This work is available from Smithsonian Institution Press in hardcover for $36.95.  Copies of the book may be ordered on-line at http://www.sipress. si.edu/books/titles_books/1-58834-009-0.html.

          Accompanying the publication of Development of the Space Shuttle, 1972-1981 is a softcover reprint of The Space Shuttle Decision, 1965-1972 (History of the Space Shuttle: Volume One). Also written by T.A. Heppenheimer, this work was originally published in hardcover as NASA SP-4221 in the NASA History Series in 1999. It may be purchased for $22.95 from the Smithsonian Institution Press on-line at http://www.sipress.si.edu/books/titles_books/1-58834-014-7.html.

          Now available in paperback from the University Press of Florida is “Before This Decade is Out…”: Personal Reflections on the Apollo Program, edited by Glen W. Swanson. Originally appearing in 1999 as NASA SP-4223, this work received the Pendleton Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government. This significant collection of oral histories of the Saturn/Apollo program recounts the unique adventure of the lunar landing program as witnessed by some of the political leaders, engineers, scientists, and astronauts who made it a success. It includes recollections from James Webb, the NASA administrator whose political connections in Washington extended back to the New Deal of the 1930s; rocket pioneer and architect of the Saturn V rocket Wernher von Braun; the resolute Robert Gilruth, director of the Houston center; the engineering iconoclast Maxime Faget, whose designs of spacecraft made flights to the Moon possible; and astronauts such as Harrison Schmitt and Charles Duke. This work may be ordered on-line for $24.95 at http://www.upf.com/Spring2002/swanson.html on the Web.

          Finally, we are pleased to announce the reprint of Wingless Flight: The Lifting Body Story, by Dale R. Reed with Darlene Lister.  Originally published in the NASA History Series in 1997 as NASA SP-4220, it has been reissued in softcover by the University Press of Kentucky. A review in Technology and Culture said of this book that it “Provides a human and insightful story of an unusual and very important aerospace technology that has shaped and will continue to shape our future in space.” Dale Reed led a team of engineers at the Dryden Flight Research Center that demonstrated the potential of lifting bodies, and his book takes us behind the scenes with just the right blend of technical information and fascinating detail. Individuals may order this work for $29.95 from the University Press of Kentucky at http://www.uky.edu/UniversityPress/books/wingless.htm on the Web.




          Following a best-value competitive procurement, Kennedy Space Center (KSC) has awarded a two-year contract to two prominent historians and authors, Dr. Kenneth Lipartito and Dr. Orville Butler, to write the history of Kennedy Space Center. The new text will be the first major work to document the Center’s history since Moonport: A History of Apollo Launch Facilities and Operations, was published in 1978. Moonport covered the period from the beginning of KSC through the Apollo program.

          The authors will look at KSC’s history from three distinct perspectives. The first will be a local perspective, focusing on the ways KSC created a favorable culture for its resident workforce and impacted the local economy and community relations. The second will be an organizational perspective, recognizing KSC’s unique role in the larger NASA structure, its specific contributions to the U.S. space efforts, and how the Center has evolved as an organizational culture. Third, an institutional perspective will explore KSC’s contractor relations and the partnerships with technological and scientific communities that have resulted in scientific and technological advancements around the world. Lipartito and Butler will gather information from a variety of sources, including the KSC archives, other NASA Centers, the National Archives, event and site visits, and individual and group interviews and collections.





          The Space Shuttle at Work (NASA SP-432/ EP-156, 1979) by Howard Allaway and National Space Transportation System: Overview (NASA, September 1988). These two short publications provide some excellent basic information on the shuttle. Thanks to volunteer Chris Gamble for scanning and formatting these documents for the Web. The Space Shuttle at Work is available at http://history.nasa.gov/SP-432/sp432.htm and National Space Transportation System: Overview can be accessed at http://history.nasa.gov/shuttleoverview1988/overview88.htm.

          Magellan: The Unveiling of Venus (JPL-400-345, March 1989) is now accessible at http://history.nasa.gov/JPL-400-345/magellan.htm.  This brief but richly illustrated booklet covers an important planetary science topic. Thanks to volunteer Chris Gamble for scanning and formatting this publication for the Web.

          NASA Historical Databooks, volumes III - VI (NASA SP-4012).  Covering the time period 1969-1988, these books are valuable reference works. Some of these files are available in text-searchable pdf format and some are in html format. Thanks to volunteer Chris Gamble and to Joel Vendette of the Printing and Design Office for setting these files up for the Web. We hope to add volumes I and II to the Web eventually. Volumes III-VI are available at http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4012/cover.html on the World Wide Web.

          Planetary Geology in the 1980s (NASA SP-467, 1985) by Joseph Veverka. A very solid narrative with some images, this work is a useful glimpse into the science of planetary geology. Thanks to volunteer Chris Gamble for formatting this book for the Web. The site is http://history.nasa.gov/SP467/ sp467.htm on the Web.

          Managing NASA in the Apollo Era. (NASA SP-4102, 1982). by Arnold S. Levine. Special thanks to Chris Gamble for formatting this book for the Web. The URL is http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4102/sp4102.htm on the Web.

          The Star Splitters: The High Energy Astronomy Observatories (SP-466, 1984) by Wallace H. Tucker. Our special thanks go to Chris Gamble, who formatted the text and scanned all the photos for this attractive Web version. This book is accessible at http://history.nasa.gov/SP-466/sp466.htm on the Web.

          Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) information and historical annual reports. Special thanks to David Lengyel and Susan Burch of the ASAP and to John Hargenrader of the History Office for preparing these materials for the Web. The information is available at http://history.nasa.gov/ asap/asap.html on the Web.

          Stages to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch Vehicle (NASA SP-4206) by Roger E. Bilstein. This landmark book is now available on-line at http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4206/sp4206.htm, and in a softcover printed version. Special thanks to Chris Gamble for formatting the text and images of this book for the Web.

          On the Moon with Apollo 16: A Guidebook to the Descartes Region (NASA EP-95, 1972) by Gene Simmons. This is another useful and interesting volume on human lunar exploration. Special thanks to volunteer Chris Gamble for formatting this book for the Web. The URL is http://history.nasa.gov/ EP-95/ep95.htm on the Web.

          Pioneer Odyssey (NASA SP-349/396, revised edition, 1977) by Richard Fimmel, William Swindell, and Eric Burgess. This richly illustrated book covers some of the important discoveries made by the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft. Special thanks to volunteer Chris Gamble for formatting this book.  It is now available at http://history.nasa.gov/ SP349/sp349.htm on the Web.

          The 40th Anniversary of the Mercury-Atlas 6 (Friendship 7) mission. This historic mission on 20 February 1962 made John H. Glenn, Jr., the first American to orbit the Earth. Check out biographies, photos, links to many other relevant sites, and more. The special anniversary site is now available from http://history.nasa.gov/friendship7/index.html on the Web.





Now available is a searchable online bibliography of the history and philosophy of chemistry that combines numerous thematic bibliographies. The database presently includes some 5,800 titles and is rapidly growing as further thematic bibliographies are being added. Access is free at http://www.hyle.org/service/ biblio.htm on the Web. 

A new guide on the use of oral history, "Making Sense of Oral History” is now available on the Internet to show how to "read" oral history as evidence of the past. This guide was created through the efforts of *History Matters* and the Visible Knowledge Project. It presents an overview of these sources, including how historians use it. The guide then uses explanatory text and interactive examples to consider what critical questions to ask when working with these materials.  This guide is available on-line at http://historymatters.gmu.edu/mse/oral/ on the Web.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology ha an innovative new Web site devoted to the History of Recent Science and Technology.  In particular, one of several sections deals with the Apollo Guidance Computer at http://hrst.mit.edu/hrs/apollo/public/ on the Web.  In addition, there is an informative section on computing in the Soviet space program at http://hrst.mit.edu/hrs/apollo/soviet/  on the Web. 




          The Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics, announces an opening for a Project Historian to participate in the Project to Document the History of Physicists in Industry. The position is full-time for two years and may be extended to three years depending on funding. Responsibilities include working with a team of archivists, historians, and sociologists.  The Project Historian will play a lead role in developing, coordinating, and implementing a study of how to document the history of physicists in industry. In addition to helping to select candidates for interviews and participating in site visits, questionnaire interviews, records surveys, and all other project activities, the Historian will conduct longer in-depth interviews with senior scientists and science administrators. The Historian will also be responsible for analyzing the historical findings of the study and drafting sections of the final report. Responsibilities include regular site visits of two to five days. Qualifications include Ph.D. or nearly complete Ph.D. in twentieth century history, specializing in an area relevant to the study (e.g., science, technology, business). Experience with oral history interviewing preferred; ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary research team required. Must be able to lift 40 lb. boxes of archival materials. Salary: Competitive salary and benefits. Applicants should send resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, to: American Institute of Physics, Attn: Sandra James, One Physics Ellipse College Park, MD 20740; (email) aiphr@aip.org; (fax) (301) 209-0847.  The American Institute of Physics is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

          The Domestic Public Policy Program of the Smith Richardson Foundation is interested in supporting the work of the next generation of public policy researchers and experts. The Foundation will award at least three research grants of $60,000 to individuals interested in conducting research and writing on domestic public policy issues. Grantees are expected to produce a book or an article suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The grant can be used to cover the salary costs of the researcher and to underwrite research costs, such as travel, research assistance, and data acquisition. Each grant will be paid directly to, and should be administered by, the institution at which the researcher works. The Foundation must receive all Public Policy Research Fellowship Program proposals by 14 June 2002. Applicants will be notified of the Foundation’s decision by 31 October 2002. For more information see http://www.apsanet.org/PS/grants/smith.cfm. 

George Washington University seeks a historian of science to serve as a visiting assistant professor of history for academic year 2002-2003. Responsibilities include teaching courses in the history of science and serving as Acting Deputy of the Center for History of Recent Science. Send vita and cover letter, including the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, to Professor William Becker, Department of History, George Washington University, 20052, or by e-mail to whbecker@gwu.edu. The review of applications began 29 May and continue until the position is filled. George Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

          The National Science Foundation invites applications for the position of Program Director.  The position is a rotational one, to begin preferably in August 2002, 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.  Salary is negotiable, and is comparable with academic salaries at major U.S. 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: dnewlon@nsf.gov; or Dr. Bruce Seely, Program Director, Science and Technology Studies, phone: (703) 292-8763, e-mail: bseely@nsf.gov; or Mrs. Bonney Sheahan, coordinator of the cluster housing the STS program, phone: (703) 292-8764, or e-mail: bsheahan@nsf.gov. All are located in Suite 995, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, fax: (703) 292-9068.




          As momentum for the 100th anniversary of powered flight continues to build, states across the nation from down South to out West are making plans to celebrate in conjunction with the national commemoration, Centennial of Flight: Born of Dreams–Inspired by Freedom. Maryland and Georgia have most recently announced their plans to participate in the celebration taking place throughout the nation in 2003.

          Centennial-themed events are currently being planned in the state of Georgia, including special exhibitions at Warner-Robbins Air Force Base in Macon, a lecture series at Atlanta’s Fernbank Science Center, air shows, aviation career fairs, symposiums, and aviation-based art contests

          “We want to showcase Georgia’s contributions to aerospace, educate the public and hopefully attract the next generation of aviators to the industry,” Debi Huffman of the Fernbank Science Center said. She continued to say, “We are excited about participating in such a national commemoration to celebrate the impact of aviation on our society over the past 100 years.”

          Enthusiasm for the Centennial celebration is also growing in Maryland. “Maryland played a significant role in aviation history and we want to make sure that our rich aviation history is recorded, preserved, and interpreted through projects and celebrations in our state,” Richard Hughes of the Maryland Historical Trust said. The Baltimore Museum of Industry will be performing two flight-themed musicals for children. Plans are also underway for a historical project highlighting Maryland’s significant role in aviation history. When completed, the Maryland Historical Trust hopes to produce a comprehensive historical essay discussing Maryland’s role in aviation throughout the past century, an inventory of aviation historical sites and resources, a set of oral history interviews with significant aviation personages, aviation related educational material for students in grades K-12, and a heavily illustrated publication on Maryland’s aviation history.

Additionally, the National Archives, the College Park Aviation Museum, and the University of Maryland are working together to plan a Centennial celebration for April 26, 2003. Although planning is still in the early stages, the groups hope that the day will include tours of the University of Maryland Wind Tunnel, a performance piece, demonstrations of radio controlled airplanes, an exhibit, speakers, films, and activities for children.

As well, California, Washington and Utah have developed plans to participate in the celebration. The Society of Experimental Test Pilots is planning a four-day “Celebration of Aviation Milestones” in Los Angeles, California, in September 2003. Plans include historic presentations on aviation pioneers and current world-renowned pilots and astronauts telling their stories, culminating with a gala banquet honoring 100 years of aviation. Pavilions including flight simulators, art, photography, motion pictures and international aviation are also being planned.  The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, recently announced its acquisition of the Wright Company archives, which will provide unique material for the Wright brothers exhibit scheduled to open by 17 December 2003, the 100th anniversary of the first flight. The centerpiece of the collection is the original business records of the Wright Company—the nation’s first aircraft manufacturing firm, incorporated in 1909 by Orville and Wilbur Wright. Original contracts, sales records, personnel records and internal company memoranda are also included in the archives.  “These priceless records constitute nothing less than the birth certificate of the American aviation industry,” said Ralph Bufano, President and CEO of the Seattle Museum of Flight.

 Utah State University (USU), engineering students, with assistance from the university’s College of Engineering and Space Dynamics Laboratory, will design and construct a futuristic replica of the Wright Flyer. In a unique blend of past and present, students will use state-of-the-art composite materials to build the aircraft. Following a community celebration and educational outreach activities in Utah, the USU Wright Flyer will travel along a historic route, culminating in a flight by former U.S. Senator Jake Garn at the Inventing Flight Celebration in Dayton, Ohio, in July 2003. More information can be found at www.usuwrightflyer.org.

 The events being planned in Georgia, Maryland, California, Washington and Utah represent a sampling of the events underway throughout the country in honor of the 100th anniversary of powered flight. A growing list of events taking place nationwide, as well as a more detailed description of the celebration, a comprehensive calendar and educational materials may be found online at www.centennialofflight.gov.




          The Johnson Space Center (JSC) History Collection has now moved to the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). As the result of a cooperative effort between JSC, NARA, and UHCL, an agreement was signed last year which paved the way for the relocation of JSC’s history collections to a newly expanded archives on the campus of UHCL. All of JSC’s history collections have been successfully moved to the new archive housed in the Alfred E. Neumann Library on the campus of UHCL. A full time archivist and archivist assistant staff the archive located less than four miles from JSC. Approximately 2,500 linear feet of materials comprise the JSC history collection, including the following series: Apollo, Skylab, ASTP, Shuttle, Space Station, and general reference materials on the history of JSC. In addition, the collection contains nearly 1,500 oral histories in the form of audiotapes, CDs, video and transcripts. The NASA JSC Collection is publicly accessible at the Neumann library by appointment on a weekly basis. Complete contact information for the UHCL Archives can be found at on the Web.  A Public Open House for the new Archives will be held on July 18, 2002, from 5-7 PM.

          A new JSC Web site is being developed which will complement the move of JSC’s history collections to the new UHCL archive. The backbone of the new site will be full Internet access to JSC’s complete history database of nearly 1.5 million documents. The database will allow anyone with Internet access the ability to conduct detailed online searches of materials in the JSC history collection. Researchers can then request copies be made and sent (for a fee) of materials or make arrangements with UHCL to visit the archives in person to review the documents.  The new Web page will go public in late summer/early fall and, in addition to the JSC history database, will include links to additional JSC history website information/documents including the following: Shuttle/Mir Phase I History website, a complete 40-year run of scanned and searchable JSC News Releases, a complete 40-year run of scanned and searchable JSC Roundups (the JSC newspaper), online version of the JSC history Suddenly, Tomorrow Came, a complete set of scanned and searchable shuttle press kits, all of the air-to-ground mission transcripts from MR3 (Alan Shepard’s first Mercury flight) through Shuttle, searchable transcripts from the JSC Oral History Collection and copies of various JSC history monographs including histories of Ellington Field, the Space Environment Simulation Laboratory (SESL) and the Lunar Receiving Laboratory (LRL). The Web page will also include links to history Web sites and resources both within and outside of NASA.

In late summer or early fall, JSC will release “To Create Space on Earth: The Space Environment Simulation Laboratory and Project Apollo” by Lori Walters. Lori Walters served as JSC’s Summer Faculty Fellow where she spent twelve weeks during the summer of 2001 researching the history this national historic landmark. This monograph will be available both in paperback and on-line form as part of the JSC history webpage. This summer, JSC will have Susan Mangus from Ohio State University work as a faculty fellow researching a history of the Lunar Receiving Laboratory. The LRL monograph will be released during the second quarter of 2003.

          Dryden’s Historian, Michael H. Gorn, became the Deputy for Public Affairs, Commercialization, and Education in April 2002. In conjunction with the change, he returned to civil service status. Mike will continue to serve as the DFRC’s chief historian, with overall cognizance of the program. To further the day-to-day operations of the Dryden history program, the Center has hired Dr. Christian Gelzer of Auburn University to be the Deputy Historian, effective late July 2002. Also, Michael Gorn has completed an essay entitled “Higher and Faster” for an upcoming centennial of flight art book called Flight: A Celebration in Art and Literature.




The Canadian Journal of Space Exploration publishes papers of an innovative yet practical nature relating to the exploration and development of space. It invites 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 Chandra@scribendi.com, fax 801-469-6206.

The AIAA History Committee is still seeking papers for two sessions at the 41st Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, 6-9 January 2003, Reno, Nevada. One session on aeronautical history and another on space history are being planned for this meeting. The Aerospace Sciences Meeting is the largest of the AIAA technical conferences and one of the preeminent technical gatherings within the entire spectrum of aerospace activities. Anyone interested may submit abstracts or view the complete call for papers at the AIAA Web site: http://www.aiaa/events/asm03. Authors having trouble submitting abstracts should e-mail AIAA technical support at paper_tech_support@aiaa.org. All other questions should be forwarded to AIAA Customer Service at phone: 703/264-7500, fax: 703/264-7657 or e-mail at custserv@aiaa.org.

The Business History Conference and the European Business History Association is seeking papers for its joint meeting on 26-29 June 2003 in  Lowell, Massachusetts. The focus of this meeting is globalization and the conference is centrally concerned with firms and other economic actors, in a long-term perspective, as the builders of globalization, especially their strategies, their economic results, and their social and cultural impact. Attention will be paid to the role of national economic systems in terms of regulations and political economy. It  will  also emphasize the emerging significance of companies’ clusters concentrated in metropolitan areas, diffused in homogeneous territories or even linked through global networks given the new transportation, information, and communication technologies. The conference is particularly interested in papers and panels that incorporate transnational discussions of the themes below. As these are annual meetings of both organizations papers outside of the meeting themes also are welcome. Proposals may be submitted for individual papers or for entire panels.  Each proposal should include a one-page abstract and one-page curriculum vitae or resumés for each participant.  Panel proposals also should have a cover letter containing a title, a one-paragraph panel description, suggestions for a chair and commentator, and contact information for the panel organizer. The deadline for receipt of submissions is 27 September 2002. All graduate students presenting papers are eligible for travel grants to defray costs associated with attending the meeting. Please send five copies of proposals to Roger Horowitz, Secretary-Treasurer, Business History Conference, P.O. Box 3630, Wilmington DE 19807, USA, phone 302-658-2400, fax 302-655-3188, e-mail rh@udel.edu. The program committee includes Franco Amatori (co-chair), Philip Scranton (co-chair), Wendy Gamber, Even Lange, Margaret Levenstein and Bill Mass. Accommodations will be at the Doubletree Hotel, 50 Warren, Lowell, MA 01852, 978-452-1200.




Basic Books has created a prize for the best manuscript in the history of science and technology. The Basic Prize is intended to encourage young scholars and to communicate the importance and interest of the subject to an intelligent general readership. The Prize is open to any new scholar in the fields of History of Science, History of Technology, History of Medicine, and closely related areas. Only first-time authors will be considered. To be eligible, manuscripts must not be under contract with any publisher at the time the award is decided. The Prize will be awarded for the best book-length manuscript submitted during each year. Manuscripts must be unpublished and must either fall clearly within the subject area or be closely relevant to it. Consistent with the goals of the prize, manuscripts will be evaluated both for their scholarly contribution and for quality of writing; the manuscript that best combines both attributes will be awarded the prize. The Prize will consist of publication by Basic Books; a $7,500 advance against royalties; and a $1,000 stipend for travel to the annual convention of the History of Science Society. All manuscripts must be received by 30 June 2002. Submit two (2) copies of the manuscript, one to Basic Books—History of Science Prize 2002 387 Park Avenue South, 12th Floor/New York, NY 10016. For more information email willaim.frucht@perseusbooks.com, and one to any one judge listed below. The Prize will be announced at the 2002 HSS meeting.

·         Norton Wise: Department of History, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.

·         Mary Jo Nye: Department of History, Milan Hall 306, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA.

·         Robert J. Richards: Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science, the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA.

·         David Lindberg: Department of History of Science, 7143 Social Sciences Bldg., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, USA.

Maxim Tarasenko, a leading Russian space history scholar and a member of Space Policy’s editorial board, who contributed greatly to the elucidation of the Russian space programme in the journal and elsewhere, died in 1999. In order to commemorate his pioneering work in space policy, Elsevier Science has decided to hold an annual competition, open to all law school students and graduate students of space policy, to find the best essay. The competition will be announced in each February issue of Space Policy. The closing date will be 1 September of the same year and the winning entry will be published the following year. This year’s competition is thus now open, with a closing date of 1 September 2002; the winner is to be announced and published in February 2003. The competition is open to all law school students and graduate students of space policy. The essay may be written on any topic of current debate in space law or policy, should be typewritten in English and should be between 10 and 20 pages (or 2500 and 5000 words) in length. Essays should be submitted by 1 September 2002 to Frances Brown, Editor, Space Policy. Where possible submit electronically (in Word) to fbrown.seabank@virgin.net. Students without access to the Internet may post their essays (preferably including a disk version) to Seabank, Turnberry Road, Maidens, Ayrshire KA26 9NN, Scotland. The judges will be the Editor of Space Policy and two other judges appointed by Elsevier. The judges decision will be final and editors should not enter into any correspondence about the competition. In addition to publication in the journal, the winner will receive 100 pounds, a certificate, and a year’s subscription to Space Policy.




Between 10-19 October 2002, the World Space Congress 2002 will be held, with the theme “The New Face of Space.” 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: http://www.aiaa.org

Between 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; telephone 410-516-8349; http://shot.press.jhu/associations/shot/ on the Web.

Between 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: meeting@hssonline.org; Website: http://www.hssonline.org/

Between 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, Suite. 102, Springfield, VA 22152-2354, 703-866-0020, email: info@astronautical.org; Website: http://www.astronautical.org


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