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A Mailbox on Mars

Jonathan R. Eller

in Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043413
eISBN:
9780252052293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043413.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter nine opens with Bradbury’s growing association with the 1976 success of the Viking Mars landers. He was featured in the JPL’s mission control center during the landing of Viking 1, meeting ... More


Planetary Exploration Triumphant

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/9780300110753.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the period at Caltech when Bruce Murray, a forty-three-year-old geology professor, took the reins as JPL director. He was a relatively young man, as Pickering had been when ... More


External Relations and the Internal Environment

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/9780300110753.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter shows how the triangular relationship among the lab, Caltech, and NASA—a central characteristic of JPL—was highlighted by Murray's political activity in the early 1980s. Like the ... More


In Space at Last

James B. Breckinridge, Alec M. Pridgeon, and Donald E. Osborn

in With Stars in Their Eyes: The Extraordinary Lives and Enduring Genius of Aden and Marjorie Meinel

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
March 2022
ISBN:
9780190915674
eISBN:
9780197621264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190915674.003.0012
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses how Aden and Marjorie Meinel were hired at NASA/JPL and their contributions in six major areas: (1) the large deployable reflector system study to create technology fundamental ... More


The Gateway to the Planets

Fred Taylor

in Exploring the Planets: A Memoir

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199671595
eISBN:
9780191819650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671595.003.0003
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

After graduating from Oxford University with a doctorate, the author had job offers from British Aerospace, the European Space Agency, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. ... More


Voyage to Venus

Fred Taylor

in Exploring the Planets: A Memoir

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199671595
eISBN:
9780191819650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671595.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

After the JPL group surprisingly failed to win a flight opportunity on the outer planets mission, the author writes a proposal for NASA’s new Pioneer mission to Venus and, equally surprisingly, was ... More


Mishaps at Mars

Fred Taylor

in Exploring the Planets: A Memoir

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199671595
eISBN:
9780191819650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671595.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

JPL and Oxford worked together to devise a powerful instrument called the Pressure Modulator Infrared Radiometer, PMIRR for short, to study the weather and climate on Mars. It was selected for flight ... More


Kinesthetic Displays for Remote and Virtual Environments

Blake Hannaford and Steven Venema

in Virtual Environments and Advanced Interface Design

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195075557
eISBN:
9780197560310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195075557.003.0020
Subject:
Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction

Humans perceive their surrounding environment through five sensory channels, popularly labeled “sight,” “sound,” “taste,” “smell,” and “touch.” All of these modalities are fused together in our ... More


Mars at last

Fred Taylor

in Exploring the Planets: A Memoir

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199671595
eISBN:
9780191819650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671595.003.0014
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

A third attempt by the JPL–Oxford partnership to make meteorological observations of Mars was successful at last. Their newest instrument, Mars Climate Sounder, reached the Red Planet on Mars ... More


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