Cover

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Cover Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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p. vii

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Foreword

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p. ix

More than three decades have passed since Origins of NASA Names was published in the NASA History Series in 1976. As that volume rolled off the press during the nation’s bicentennial year, the final remnants of the Apollo program had been played out, with three crews having visited Skylab in 1973–74 and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project having come to a successful completion in July 1975. The Space Shuttle was still five years ...

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Introduction and Notes on Method

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pp. xi-xxii

It was silver in color, about the size of a beach ball, and weighed a mere 184 pounds (83 kg). Yet for all its simplicity, small size, and inability to do more than orbit the Earth and transmit seemingly meaningless radio blips, the influence of Sputnik on America and the world was enormous and totally unpredicted. The reaction to Sputnik, including early attempts by America to get ...

Abbreviations

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pp. xxiii-xxiv

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A Dictionary of the Space Age

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pp. 3-244

Ablelaunch vehicle upper stage). An upper stage used in combination with Thor or Atlas first stages. It was one of several upper stages derived in 1958 from Vanguard launch vehicle components by the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, Douglas Aircraft Company, and Space Technology Laboratories. The name signified “A” or “first” (from the military practice of having communication ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 245-246

First and foremost, I would like to thank the NASA History Office for its sponsorship and support of this project: Steven J. Dick, NASA Chief Historian; Steve Garber, NASA Historian; Jane Odom, Chief Archivist; Colin Fries, John Hargenrader, and Liz Suckow, archivists; and Nadine Andreassen, program support assistant. My thanks also to Chris Gamble and other anonymous referees for ...

Bibliography

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pp. 247-260