The Unknown and Impossible: How a research facility in Virginia mastered the air and conquered space

The Unknown and Impossible: How a research facility in Virginia mastered the air and conquered space

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Overview

What was it like to land on the moon?

"Like Langley," Neil Armstrong replied.

The first man to walk on the moon trained for his mission at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, as had so many before him. This is the laboratory where America's space program was launched, and where its pioneering work helped change the course of military and commercial aviation. Today, it is taking aim at Mars.

For a century, the men and women of Langley - first as the NACA, and later as part of NASA - have been conquering the unknown and achieving the impossible.

This book takes a look at the beginning of this research facility in 1917, at first part of Langley Field, then becoming the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, with only a few dozen employees. NACA Langley became the place to know about aeronautics, building wind tunnels, adding talent and soon hosting the top names of aviation including Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. After the launch of Sputnik, everything changed and NACA became NASA. Langley Research Center was tasked with the mission of sending men into orbit, heading up Project Mercury, where Hampton, Virginia, was home to the Mercury 7 and the Space Task Group.

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and dozens of other astronauts trained at Langley. Langley engineers helped design the space shuttle. Engineers from Langley led Viking, taking the first photos of Mars in the 1970s.

NASA Langley next is working toward getting humans to Mars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984712144
Publisher: Daily Press Media Group
Publication date: 06/14/2017
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction .............................................................................. 1

Rocky birth for research facility ............................................ 11

Wind tunnel breakthroughs .................................................... 21

The center of aviation’s future ............................................... 31

World War II brings changes ................................................. 43

Testing ground to launch range .............................................. 57

Women of Langley ................................................................. 67

‘No brick wall to smash into’ breaking sound barrier ........... 79

Space planes ........................................................................... 89

Project Mercury ..................................................................... 97

‘Hidden Figures’ .................................................................. 121

Atmospheric science ............................................................ 131

The lunar-orbit rendezvous option ....................................... 139

Apollo .................................................................................. 153

Viking ................................................................................... 173

Space shuttle ........................................................................ 187

NASA Langley, a famous face ............................................. 201

Improving air travel ............................................................. 209

Pushing new technology into the world ............................... 217

Next stop: Mars .................................................................... 229

Langley’s legacy and next 100 years ................................... 249

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