Get this from a library mission control inventing the groundwork of spaceflight michael peter johnson in mission control michael johnson explores the famous johnson space center in houston the jet propulsion laboratory in pasadena and the european space operations centre in darmstadt . We have all seen nasas mission control centers at moments of both triumph and tragedy johnson makes a significant contribution to spaceflight history by analyzing their pivotal role roger launius associate director for collections and curatorial affairs national air and space museum . Mission control inventing the groundwork of spaceflight by michael peter johnson brave astronauts flaring rockets and majestic launches are only one side of the story of spaceflight any mission to space depends on years if not decades of work by thousands of dedicated individuals on the ground. And maybe as michael peter johnson suggests in mission control inventing the groundwork end page 157 for spaceflight it is finally time to admit that the very concept of the mcc is at least in part a cold war puppet show an affectation created to soothe a technophobic public and convince it that humans would always retain mastery over . Social history too could provide greater depth to johnsons account the workplace at the mcc was white male dominated for much too long it was a bastion of
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