Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Scientific and Technical Intelligence Information Branch, 1986. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Wraps. v,  396,  pages. Wraps. Illustrations. Tables. Index. Contents include a Preface, chapters for each month of the year, and five Appendices. The Appendices are: Satellites, Space Probes, and Manned Spaceflights, 1978; Major NASA Launches, 1978; Manned Spaceflights, 1978; NASA Sounding Rocket Launches, 1978; and Abbreviations of References. NASA SP-4023. This is part of the NASA History Series. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is responsible for unique scientific and technological achievements in human spaceflight, aeronautics, space science, and space applications that have had widespread impacts on our nation and the world. Forged in response to early Soviet space achievements, NASA was built on the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), and other government organizations, as the locus of U.S. civil aerospace research and development. Over the last 60 years NASA has continued to push the boundaries with cutting edge aeronautics research that has dramatically changed the way we build and fly airplanes. NASA has also completed the reconnaissance of our solar system, with intense investigation of all the planets. Using orbital spacecraft like the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA has also dramatically changed our understanding of the universe around us, as well as our own planet. NASA’s early work on launch vehicles, communication satellites, and weather satellites has fundamentally changed daily life and created whole new industries. As a catalyst for international cooperation, NASA has also changed how and why humanity conducts space exploration. The NASA History Office Program publishes an array of books and runs the Historical Reference Collection to assist the public in finding more information on aeronautical and space history. In addition, the staff produces the Aeronautics and Space Report of the President. The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 directs NASA to produce an annual report that includes a “comprehensive description of the programmed activities and the accomplishments of all agencies of the United States in the field of aeronautics and space activities" during the preceding year. Condition: Good / No DJ issued.
Keywords: NASA, Astronautics, Aerospace, Technology, Manned Space Flight, Spacecraft, Satellites, Space Shuttle, Space Probes, Sounding Rockets, Spaceflight, Viking Orbiter, Astronauts