Mindell, David A.

Digital Apollo : human and machine in spaceflight / David A. Mindell. - Cambridge, Mass. ; London : The MIT Press, c2008. - xiii, 359 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-334) and index.

Human and machine in the race to the moon -- Chauffeurs and airmen in the age of systems -- Flying reentry : the X-15 -- Airmen in space -- "Braincase on the tip of a firecracker" : Apollo guidance -- Reliability or Repair? The Apollo computer -- Programs and people -- Designing a landing -- "Pregnant with alarm": Apollo 11 -- Five more hands on -- Human, machine, and the future of spaceflight.

In each of the six Apollo landings, the astronaunt in command seized control from the computer and landed with his hand on the stick. Here, Mindell recounts the story of these astronauts' desire to control their spacecraft in parallel with the Apollo Guidance Computer, and muses on human-computer interaction.

9780262134972 (hardcover : alk. paper) 0262134977 (hardcover : alk. paper)


Project Apollo (U.S.)--History.

Human-machine systems--History.
Astronautics--History--United States
Manned space flight--History

TA167 / .M59 2008