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Digital Apollo : human and machine in spaceflight / David A. Mindell.

By: Mindell, David A.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : The MIT Press, c2008Description: xiii, 359 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780262134972 (hardcover : alk. paper); 0262134977 (hardcover : alk. paper).Subject(s): Project Apollo (U.S.) -- History | Human-machine systems -- History | Astronautics -- United States -- History | Manned space flight -- HistoryDDC classification: Other classification: VER 860n Online resources: Table of contents only
Contents:
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.
Summary: 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.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-334) and index.

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