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This newly reissued debut book in the Rutgers University Press Classics Imprint is the story of the search for a rocket propellant which could be trusted to take man into space. This search was a hazardous enterprise carried out by rival labs who worked against the known laws of nature, with no guarantee of success or safety. Acclaimed scientist and sci-fi author John Drury Clark writes with irreverent and eyewitness immediacy about the development of the explosive fuels strong enough to negate the relentless restraints of gravity. The resulting volume is as much a memoir as a work of history, sharing a behind-the-scenes view of an enterprise which eventually took men to the moon, missiles to the planets, and satellites to outer space. A classic work in the history of science, and described as “a good book on rocket stuff…that’s a really fun one” by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, readers will want to get their hands on this influential classic, available for the first time in decades.  

Table of Contents

  1. Half Title, Figures 1, 2 and 3; Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. In Re John D. Clark
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Chapter 1. How It Started
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter 2. Peenemunde and JPL
  2. pp. 9-19
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  1. Chapter 3. The Hunting of the Hypergol . . .
  2. pp. 20-40
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  1. Chapter 4. . . . and Its Mate
  2. pp. 41-58
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  1. Chapter 5. Peroxide—Always a Bridesmaid
  2. pp. 59-64
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  1. Chapter 6. Halogens and Politics and Deep Space
  2. pp. 65-81
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  1. Chapter 7. Performance
  2. pp. 82-93
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  1. Chapter 8. Lox and Flox and Cryogenics in General
  2. pp. 94-104
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  1. Chapter 9. What Ivan Was Doing
  2. pp. 105-109
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  1. Chapter 10. “Exotics”
  2. pp. 110-119
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  1. Chapter 11. The Hopeful Monoprops
  2. pp. 120-158
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  1. Chapter 12. High Density and the Higher Foolishness
  2. pp. 159-172
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  1. Chapter 13. What Happens Next
  2. pp. 173-176
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 177-180
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 181-196
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 197-198
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813599199
Related ISBN
9780813599175
MARC Record
OCLC
1037272344
Pages
302
Launched on MUSE
2018-05-29
Language
English
Open Access
No
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