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Robots in Space n e w s e r i e s i n n a s a h i s t o r y Steven J. Dick, Series Editor Related Books in the Series Single Stage to Orbit: Politics, Space Technology, and the Quest for Reusable Rocketry Andrew J. Butrica NASA and the Space Industry Joan Lisa Bromberg Space Policy in the Twenty-First Century edited by W. Henry Lambright The Space Station Decision: Incremental Politics and Technological Choice Howard E. McCurdy Faster, Better, Cheaper: Low-Cost Innovation in the U.S. Space Program Howard E. McCurdy High-Speed Dreams: NASA and the Technopolitics of Supersonic Transportation, 1945–1999 Erik M. Conway Robots in Space Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel r o g e r d. l au n i u s and h o wa r d e . m c c u r d y The Johns Hopkins University Press Baltimore © 2008 The Johns Hopkins University Press All rights reserved. Published 2008 Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper 2 4 6 8 9 7 5 3 1 The Johns Hopkins University Press 2715 North Charles Street Baltimore, Maryland 21218-4363 Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Launius, Roger D. Robots in space : technology, evolution, and interplanetary travel / Roger D. Launius and Howard E. McCurdy p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-13: 978-0-8018-8708-6 (hardcover : alk. paper) ISBN-10: 0-8018-8708-9 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. Robots. 2. Space robotics. I. McCurdy, Howard E. II. Title. TJ211.L38 2007 629.4—dc22 2007019374 A catalog record for this book is available from the British Library. Special discounts are available for bulk purchases of this book. For more information, please contact Special Sales at 410-516-6936 or The Johns Hopkins University Press uses environmentally friendly book materials , including recycled text paper that is composed of at least 30 percent post-consumer waste, whenever possible. All of our book papers are acid-free, and our jackets and covers are printed on paper with recycled content. For our nieces This page intentionally left blank ...