Vol. 19, No. 4—November 2002




To Reach The High Frontier: A History of U.S. Launch Vehicles, edited by Roger D. Launius and Dennis R. Jenkins (Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2002) is now available. Every participant in space activities - civil, military, scientific, or commercial - needs affordable, reliable, frequent, and flexible access to space. This book presents case studies in the history of all the major rockets built in the United States. Each study has been written by a specialist knowledgeable about the vehicle described and places each system in the larger context of the history of spaceflight. Interested readers may obtain a copy for $49.95 from the University Press of Kentucky at http://www.uky.edu/UniversityPress/books/highfrontier.htm on the Web.

The First Century of Flight: NACA/NASA Contributions to Aeronautics is a very informative and colorful timeline poster produced by Anthony Springer of NASA 's Office of Aerospace Technology with assistance from the NASA History Office. This free poster is printed on both sides and comes pre-folded into eight panels. To request a copy of this timeline poster, please send a self-addressed 9"x12"envelope with appropriate postage for 3 ounces (typically $0.85 domestically, $1.10 for Canada, and $2.40 for overseas. International customers are asked to purchase U.S. postage through an outlet such as www.stampsonline.com) to the NASA Headquarters Information Center, Code CI-4, Washington, DC 20546. One per customer while supplies last. An online version of this poster is also at http://history.nasa.gov/centtimeline/index.html on the Web.


Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Forty Years of U.S. Human Spaceflight edited by Stephen J. Garber (NASA SP-2002-4528, 2002) has been published as part of the NASA history series. This book publishes presentations delivered at a symposium by the same name that took place at George Washington University in May 2001. This book is due out in late December 2002.


NASA Office of Defense Affairs: The First Five Years (HHR-32, 1970) by W. Fred Boone is on-line at http://history.nasa.gov/HHR-32/HHR-32.htm on the Web. Admiral Boone led the Office of Defense Affairs from December 1, 1962 through January 1, 1968, a formative early period in space history when cooperation between NASA, a civilian agency, and the military was especially important. This significant narrative charts these early efforts in coordination. Special thanks to Chris Gamble for scanning and formatting this book for the Web.

Evolution of the Solar System (NASA SP-345, 1976), by Hannes Alfven and Gustaf Arrhenius, is on-line at http://history.nasa.gov/SP-345/sp345.htm on the Web. This is an excellent volume on planetary science. While it includes some scientific equations, it also includes many diagrams and images and the authors strove to make the material understandable to the educated lay reader. Special thanks to Chris Gamble for scanning and formatting this book for the Web.

The Saturn Illustrated Chronology (MHR-5, Marshall Space Flight Center, fifth edition, 1971) is now available at http://history.nasa.gov/MHR-5/cover.htm on the Web. This book covers the first eleven years of the Saturn program, from April 1957 through April 1968. Abounding with pictures about the Saturn program, it is a magnificent pictorial chronology of the program that has launched so many NASA spacecraft over the years. Special thanks to Malcolm Munro for all of his hard work in scanning and formatting this beautiful chronology for the Web.

Spacelab: An International Short-Stay Orbiting Laboratory (NASA EP-165), by Walter Froehlich, is now available online at http://history.nasa.gov/EP-165/ep165.htm in html format. The full text and rich images from this informative book about Europe's first major undertaking in human spaceflight are available thanks to volunteer Chris Gamble's expert help.

NASA Sounding Rockets, 1958-1968: A Historical Summary (NASA SP-4401, 1971), by William R. Corliss. The full text and images from this book describing our initial forays into the upper atmosphere at the dawn of the space age is now available online at http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4401/sp4401.htm thanks to volunteer Chris Gamble's help.

Report of the Apollo 13 Review Board (a.k.a. The Cortright Commission) is now available online at http://history.nasa.gov/ap13rb/ap13index.htm in fully text-searchable pdf files. This is the report issued after the Apollo 13 accident which prevented the mission from landing on the Moon. Thanks to Colin Fries and Sivram Prasad of the History Office for their help in scanning and formatting this report for the Web.

Uplink-Downlink: A History of the Deep Space Network 1957-1997 (Washington, D.C.: NASA SP-2001-4227, 2002), by Douglas J. Mudgway, is now available at http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4227/Uplink-Downlink.pdf in fully text-searchable pdf files. This book is an excellent history of the Deep Space Network (DSN), the critical component necessary for tracking, controlling, and transmitting data to and from spacecraft. Now over forty years old, the remarkably reliable DSN has quietly but essentially functioned as a literal guide for a variety of evolving, unique planetary spacecraft. Thanks to Cindy Min for setting up these pdf files. Hard copies of this book are also available for sale for $82.00 (domestic postpaid) ($102.50 internationally), from the US 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 from our website at http://history.nasa.gov/gpo/order.html on the Web.

Model Research (SP-4103, 1985), by Alex Roland, is now available at http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4103/sp4103.htm on the Internet. This book, in two volumes, is a history of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Though it is nearly twenty years old, it is an exciting and impressive look into the organization that, during its time, set the standard for aeronautical research. Thanks to volunteer Chris Gamble for formatting the book for the Web.

The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF): Mission 1 Experiments (SP-473, 1984) ed. by Lenwood G. Clark, William H. Kinar, et. al., is now available at http://history.nasa.gov/SP-473/sp473.htm in html format. This book highlights one of the many NASA experiments deployed by the Space Shuttle in the 1980s. Special thanks to Chris Gamble for formatting this book for the Web.


NASA’s Spacelink website has a new Educator Focus article, this time dealing with the Wright Brothers. This article provides educational materials and resources in support of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ historic flight on 17 December 1903. The article is a guide for educators and includes background material about the historic flight, and can be found at http://spacelink.nasa.gov/Educator.Focus/Articles/012_Wright_Brothers/ on the Web.


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites applications for the position of director of the MIT Museum. The MIT Museum's mission is to document, interpret and communicate the activities and achievements of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Serving as a resource that enhances the intellectual and communal life on campus, it is undergoing a transformation into a dynamic and significant cultural institution. An experienced entrepreneurial leader desirous of an innovative academic environment is sought to continue and extend this development process. A complete job announcement can be viewed at http://web.mit.edu/museum/information/employment.html on the Web. Qualified applicants should send a resume, including references and supporting materials to: MIT Museum Director Search, Office of the Associate Provost for the Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, 10-280, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307. MIT is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

The Ohio State University, Department of Comparative Studies invites nominations and applications for a position in cultural studies of science and technology at the rank of assistant professor (tenure track) beginning autumn 2003. PhD required at time of appointment. Comparative Studies is an interdisciplinary, tenure-granting department with 17 core faculty and 45 associated faculty. The department now offers a PhD minor and MA; a BA with concentrations in comparative cultural studies, comparative literature, folklore, religious studies, and science studies; and minors in American Studies, Asian American Studies, and Latino/a Studies. Further information is available at http://www.comp-studies.ohio-state.edu or by calling (614) 292-2559. Please send a letter of application, CV, and three letters of recommendation to: Brian Rotman, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Comparative Studies, The Ohio State University, 230 West 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210-1311. OSU is an AA/EOE. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The History Department at Arizona State University announces a tenure-track assistant professor position available for August 2003. The position requires a PhD in History or American Studies by August 2003; specialization in U.S. history; evidence of college teaching with potential for excellence in teaching; evidence of expertise in information technology and information literacy; evidence of potential excellence in research. A background in 20th century U.S. history with an emphasis on the post-1945 era is desired, as are experience working with faculty and students in collaborative groups and demonstrated experience or training in designing and implementing technological components in history classes. Application must be postmarked by 22 November 2002; if not filled, then every Tuesday or Friday thereafter until the search is closed. Submit detailed letter of application stating qualifications, experience, research plans, and teaching and service interests as well as describing expertise in information technology and information literacy; a complete, detailed curriculum vitae; 1 writing sample of chapter or article length; a statement of teaching philosophy; 2 syllabi and 3 letters of recommendation to Dr. Philip VanderMeer, Chair of the Information Technology Search Committee, History Department, P.O. Box 872501, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-2501. ASU is an AA/EOE.

The National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, provides three residential fellowships to support research in aerospace history: the Guggenheim Fellowship for predoctoral and recent postdoctoral scholars; the A. Verville Fellowship, open to academic and non-academic historians; and the Ramsey Fellowship in Naval Aviation History. Stipends range from $20,000 to $45,000 a year, plus money for travel and miscellaneous expenses. The application deadline for the academic year 2002-2003 is 15 January 2003, and successful applicants will be notified in mid-April. Further information, can be found on the Museum website, which is located at http://www.nasm.edu/nasm/joinnasm/fellow/fellow.htm on the Web. Requests for fellowship application packages should be sent to: Ms. Collette Williams, Fellowship Coordinator, Rm. 3313, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560-0312 or via email to collette.williams@nasm.si.edu. The application packages will be mailed around 15 November and will also be made available at the above web address. Potential applicants are also encouraged to investigate the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Fellowships and Grants program website at http://web1.si.edu/ofg/ on the Web.

In addition, the Air and Space Museum offers the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History. Senior scholars with distinguished records of publication who are working on, or anticipate working on, books in aerospace history, are invited to write letters of interest for the academic year 2004-2005 or later. The Lindbergh Chair is a one-year appointed position; support is available for replacement of salary and benefits up to a maximum of $100,000 a year. Please contact: for topics in aviation, Dr. Peter L. Jakab, Aeronautics Division, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560-0312 or email peter.jakab@nasm.si.edu; for space history topics, Dr. Michael J. Neufeld, Space History Division, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560-0311 or email mike.neufeld@nasm.si.edu.


Pushing the Limits: Aviation Flight Research as Seen Through the NASA Art Program is an exhibit that describes the history of flight-research at NACA and NASA through the paintings in the NASA Art Program. The works feature pilots and their aircraft that routinely pushed the limits, expanding the boundaries of flight. Many of the top artists have contributed their works to NASA's Aeronautical collection. These include Bob McCall, William S. Phillips, Stan H. Stokes, Mike Machat, and Ren Wicks. The exhibit is currently at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA and will travel next year to various locations. Contact Tony Springer at aspringe@hq.nasa.gov for more information.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Replica 1903 Wright Flyer has started its nationwide tour as part of the AIAA’s Evolution of Flight campaign. The AIAA 1903 Wright Flyer is a highly authentic, full-size replica of the Wright brothers' groundbreaking plane, which on 17 December 1903 first proved the viability of sustained, powered flight. The AIAA version, built over a period of 20 years by a volunteer team of aviation professionals using drawings from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, is the only Wright Flyer replica to be successfully tested in a wind tunnel. On its tour, the AIAA plane will reach an estimated two million people. Scheduled tour stops are Nellis Air Force Base, NV (5-6 October); World Space Congress, TX (14-19 October); New England Air Museum, CT (26 October - February 2003); Kennedy Space Center, FL (1 March - May 2003); North Carolina Festival of Flight, NC (16-26 May 2003); Van Nuys Airport Aviation Expo, CA (21-22 June 2003); Long Beach Airport, CA (29 July -October 2003); Edwards Air Force Base, CA (October 2003); and Legoland, CA (October — 2 December 2003).

For a growing list of Centennial of Flight events taking place nationwide, as well as a more detailed description of the celebration, a comprehensive calendar and educational materials visit www.centennialofflight.gov on the Web.


The Dryden Flight Research Center History Office is pleased to announce the publication of the second edition of Richard P. Hallion's classic On the Frontier: Flight Research at NASA Dryden, 1946-1981. Renamed On the Frontier: Experimental Flight at NASA Dryden, 1946-2000, it is due out in February 2003 by Smithsonian Institution Press. This edition, co-authored by Michael Gorn, is updated and substantially expanded and represents the first NASA center history to be published by a university press.

The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center’s (JSC) History Office is proud to announce the public release of the Johnson Space Center history website located at http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/history on the Web. The website contains a wide range of JSC and other NASA historical materials to support interests ranging from the curious to serious researchers. It is always being updated, so anyone with links or additional information should not hesitate to contact JSC’s History Office.


Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly seeks space history articles on any facet of space history. Quest currently features space history articles related to technology, international programs, human flight, robotic exploration, military programs, space museums and archives, space business, oral histories and interviews, culture and media relations, and space history book reviews. For information, contact Quest's Editor, Dr. Stephen Johnson at 719-487-9833, sjohnson@space.edu, or visit Quest's at http://www.spacebusiness.com/quest 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. 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, and 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, e-mail Chandra@scribendi.com, or fax 801-469-6206.

The League of World War I Aviation Historians is sponsoring a student paper competition which is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at accredited institutions during the 2002-2003 academic year. Monetary prizes will be awarded for the best original paper on any aspect of aviation during the 1914-1918 War. The first prize winner will be awarded $250 and five Honorable Mention awardees will receive $100 each. Papers should be at least 10 typed pages in length and must be submitted double-spaced in manuscript form on white 20# paper, 8.5"x11" in size. Each submittal is to include a reference to the academic institution in which the author is enrolled. Entries must be received by 31 May 2003 and addressed to Mr. Noel Shirley, 727 Swanswood Court, San Jose, CA 95120. Please feel free to contact Mr. Shirley (ShirleyNC@aol.com) with any questions.

Academics, professionals and other interested parties are invited to submit chapters for a forthcoming book tentatively titled, "The Social Aspects of Space Projects." This book will collate works of social science devoted to critically exploring the myriad of social, political, cultural, historical, philosophical, legal, ethical and environmental problems and solutions that arise within space projects of all types. The editors will consider both unpublished and previously published chapters subject to copyright clearance. Deadline for draft e-copies is 31 January 2003. For more information contact Dr. Alan Marshall, Department of Sociology, Nizhni Novgorod State University, Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, or email DrAlanMarshall@yahoo.co.uk.


The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) and the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) will co-host the Second Conference on the History and Heritage of Scientific and Technical Information Systems from 15-17 November 2002. If interested, please visit http://www.chemheritage.org/HistoricalServices/2002HHSTIS2.htm or email hhstis2@chemheritage.org.

Between 10-12 December 2002, the Association of the U.S. Army will host its annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium and Exhibition at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center in El Paso, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.ausa.org or contact Association of the United States Army, 2425 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201. This year’s theme is "Integrated Air and Missile Defense in a Transforming World."

The American Historical Association will hold its annual convention in Chicago, Illinois between 2-5 January 2003. For more information, visit http://theaha.org or contact the American Historical Association, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will host its 41st Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit in Reno, Nevada from 6-9 January 2003. Contact: AIAA, 1801 Alexander Bell Dr., Suite 500, Reston, VA 20191-4344; or visit http://www.aiaa.org or call (703) 264-7551.

From 13-18 February 2003, the American Association for the Advancement of Science will hold its Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. One of the many panels at this meeting will be entitled, "Taking Off: A Century of Flight" and will be organized by Jonathan Coopersmith and Roger Launius. For information, please visit http://www.aaas.com/meetings/ on the Web.

The Southern Methodist University Law School will host its 36th Annual Air Law Symposium at the Hotel InterContinental in Dallas, Texas from 28 February to 1 March 2003. For information, contact SMU Office of Public Affairs, P.O. Box 750174, Dallas, Texas 75275-0174, visit their website at http://www.smu.edu/lra/ or email newsinfo@smu.edu.

An International Aviation Photography Symposium will be held in Dayton, Ohio from 28 February to 3 March 2003. For details and entry particulars, email Jay Miller at aerofax@sbcglobal.net.

The National Air & Space Museum will host its 16th Annual Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Seminar in Washington, D.C. from 1-4 March 2003. For information, contact Jane Pisano, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560-0310, or email jane.pisano@nasm.si.edu.

The 21st Annual Mephistos Conference, a Graduate Student Conference on the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science, Technology, and Medicine will be held 6-8 March 2003 at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2003. For more information, please visit http://athena.english.vt.edu/cgi-bin/netforum/ishlist/a/14--13.3.1 or email mephisto@ssc.wisc.edu.

The Society for History in the Federal Government will hold its annual meeting at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies on the campus of Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia from 14-15 March 2003. The theme for this year’s conference is "Federal Records and the Cause of History." For more information, contact Dr. Roger Launius, Division of Space History, Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, NASM Room 3560, MRC 311, Washington, D.C. 20013-7102, or email launiusr@nasm.si.edu.

The 14th Annual Women in Aviation International Conference will be held in the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio from 20 March to 22 March 2003. For information, contact WAI Headquarters Office, 101 Corsair Drive, Suite 101, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114 visit their website at http://www.wiai.org, or email gschultz@wiai.org.

The American Astronautical Society will host its 41st Annual Goddard Memorial Symposium at the Greenbelt Marriott Hotel in Greenbelt, Maryland from 25-26 March 2003. For information, contact: American Astronautical Society, 6352 Rolling Mill Place, Suite #102, Springfield, Virginia, 22152-2354, or email info@astronautical.org.

The 2003 Hagley Fellows Conference will be held at the University of Delaware on 28-29 March. This year’s theme is "Reinventing the Factory." For information, contact: Gabriella M. Petrick, Department of History, 236 Munroe Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware 19716, or email gpetrick@udel.edu.

The Graduate Students of Virginia Tech's Center for Science and Technology Studies are hosting a workshop on 28-29 March 2003, tentatively entitled "Technologies/Moralities: The Ethical Grammar of Technological Systems." The workshop's theme revolves around the intersections (or dual tracks) of morality and technology, and what people can do about them. For information write to: Technologies/Moralities Workshop, c/o Benjamin Cohen 131 Lane Hall (0227), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 or visit http://www.cis.vt.edu/sts/NEmain.htm or contact via e-mail at sts_grad2003@vt.edu.

Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology and Society (http://sts.scu.edu/) is pleased to announce Networked World: Information Technology and Globalization. This conference is unique in format and spirit, and will be held on 24-25 April 2003. It is designed to foster the exchange of cutting-edge research and practice on the theme of globalization, while also building intellectual community in a workshop setting. It is one of three major conferences that will be held as part of a yearlong Institute on Globalization at Santa Clara University. For additional information, please visit http://sts.scu.edu/globalization/default.htm on the Web.

The Society of Military History will hold its 70th Annual Meeting at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1-4 May 2003. The conference theme is "The Military and Society During Domestic Crisis." See http://web.utk.edu/~csws or e-mail gpiehler@utk.edu for more information.

The Canadian Aviation Historical Society will hold its annual meeting at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia between 5-8 June 2003. This year’s gathering is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame in commemoration of the 100th Year of Powered Flight. For information, please see http://www.cahs.com or email george.topple@sympatico.ca.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will co-host an International Air and Space Symposium and Exposition in Dayton, Ohio from 14-17 July 2003. The event is entitled "The Next 100 Years." For information, please visit http://www.aiaa.org or contact AIAA, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 500, Reston, Virginia 20191-4344.

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