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Carl Sagan: Mars and Beyond

George Basalla

in Civilized Life in the Universe: Scientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195171815
eISBN:
9780199786862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171815.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Carl Sagan advised NASA on the Viking mission that landed two spacecraft on Mars (1976). In 1970, he helped prepare interstellar messenger plaques attached to NASA’s Pioneer 10 and 11, the first ... More


On the Late Sublime: W. G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn

Lecia Rosenthal

in Mourning Modernism: Literature, Catastrophe, and the Politics of Consolation

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823233977
eISBN:
9780823241200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233977.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

In the late 1970s, when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched the twin Voyager space vehicles, the interplanetary mission carried a truly far-out, indefinitely addressed envoi. ... More


Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

Peter J. Westwick

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110753
eISBN:
9780300134582
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110753.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In the decades since the mid-1970s, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has led the quest to explore the farthest reaches of the solar system. JPL spacecraft, including the ... More


JPL under Allen

Peter J. Westwick

in Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110753
eISBN:
9780300134582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110753.003.0011
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the reasons for Bruce Murray's resignation as director of JPL; he perceived a turning point in the history of the lab, from the Mariner-Voyager era of planetary exploration to ... More


Voyager Redux, Galileo, and Magellan

Peter J. Westwick

in Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110753
eISBN:
9780300134582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110753.003.0013
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter shows that despite the failure of the SSEC plan—the bloated Mars Observer, the deferral of Mariner Mark II—the decade of the 1980s closed on a generally upbeat note. The optimism of ... More


Faster, Better, Cheaper

Peter J. Westwick

in Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110753
eISBN:
9780300134582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110753.003.0014
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the period at the end of 1990, when Lew Allen stepped down as director of JPL. To replace him, Caltech turned to Ed Stone, who like Pickering and Murray was a Caltech ... More


Planetary Exploration in Extremis

Peter J. Westwick

in Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110753
eISBN:
9780300134582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110753.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter describes how, although they generated media interest, the Voyager and the superlatives failed to garner political support. Even as the Voyager spacecraft completed their triumphant ... More


The Untold Want of Now, Voyager

Maria DiBattista

in Understanding Love: Philosophy, Film, and Fiction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780195384512
eISBN:
9780199350452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384512.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

"Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars." These emotionally extravagant words bring to a close one of the most romantic melodramas in American film. This essay explores what it ... More


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