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English Arabic. For over three decades now, the image of the astronaut in American culture has largely been defined by Tom Wolfe's depiction of the Mercury 7 in The Right Stuff Wolfe portrayed these early astronauts as hard-drinking, fast-playing, driven individuals who defined themselves by taking risks. In his new book, Matthew H. What Hersch does best is uncover the real story behind The Right Stuff by offering insight into the world of the astronaut office.
Hersch begins his study with the selection of Group I, better known as the Mercury 7, and continues until the arrival of Group VIII, the first class of astronauts selected for the Space Shuttle Program. One important point that Hersch weaves throughout his monograph emphasizes the limitations and challenges faced by the astronaut office both monetarily and managerially since its creation.
Despite the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's NASA charter to promote scientific exploration, its freedom to define such an agenda remains limited. Hersch points out that upper management dictated the selection of scientist-astronauts in the s to Deke Slayton, head of the astronaut office, when the astronaut corps was already overflowing with rookies.
This led to increased tension and frustration within the corps. Then in the s as the agency and some of the astronauts pushed for a scientific agenda that was focused on the environment, they received open criticism from both the Left and the Right, undermining future plans.
Inventing the American Astronaut
The power that the astronauts had over design and the program's direction died along with that agenda. Hersch has successfully mined the vast collection of astronaut memoirs and the Johnson Space Center Oral History Project for insight into the lives and perceptions of the astronauts from this period. Low for nuggets about the inner workings of the astronaut office, along with policy issues and concerns about astronaut salaries, promotion, professional competency particularly as it related to the scientist-astronauts , and public image and behavior.
Undoubtedly, NASA selected some astronauts with strong, outspoken personalities.
Hersch indicates that some of those personalities excelled e. Because these individuals were so vocal both at NASA and in their memoirs , the voices of the even-keeled, noses-to-the-grindstone astronauts, which Hersch acknowledges provide a better representation of the astronaut corps, have a tendency to be downplayed.
This becomes particularly apparent in the chapter discussing the arrival of scientist-astronauts to Houston. Hersch's research and argument leave no doubt that NASA has struggled to define its scientific purpose and that many of the pilot-astronauts showed ambivalence, even hostility, to their scientist colleagues, but what gets lost is the deeper sense of pride that the astronauts felt about the work they did, particularly during the Apollo program. Inventing the American Astronaut has been long overdue. Both scholars of the U.
We have been waiting for someone to break the vow of professional silence that NASA management and the astronauts themselves have maintained over the years.
Inventing the American Astronaut by Matthew H. Hersch (ebook)
Useful for college-level history, political science, and space policy courses and accessible to a broader audience with an interest in the human spaceflight program, Hersch's work is commendable for its demystification of this profession. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Sign In or Create an Account.
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