Good job explaining everything And one thing is very clear it is not a simple task to land something on Mars I ve worked only with earth orbiting satellites and although those are still complex machines to build and "operate they re nothing compared to what s reuired for interplanetary missions Erik Conway wrote a very "they re nothing compared to what s reuired for interplanetary missions Erik Conway wrote a very description of the Mars projects at JPL from the 90 s into the 2000 s He Space is awesomeAs an avid follower of all things NASA this was the perfect book for me The only thing I was slightly disappointed with was the for me The only thing I was slightly disappointed with was the of a complete Curiosity section I would have loved reading
ABOUT THE ENGINEERING CHALLENGE OF THE the engineering challenge of the crane Still this is a great book and a worthy addition to space travel s literatur. Sts grappled with technical challenges while also coping not always successfully with funding shortfalls unrealistic schedules and managerial turmoilConway JPL's historian offers an insider's perspective into the changing goals of Mars exploration the ways in which sophisticated computer simulations drove the design process and the remarkable evolution of landing technologies over a thirty ear period.
MUCH OF RELEVANCE TO MY WORKof relevance to my work JPL However "delves deeply into mission details It taught me much of relevance to my work at JPL However reads like a textbook than a story Dramatic incidents that should put the reader on the edge of her seat are presented in a matter of fact tone and Conway is not careful to preserve the element of surprise Flaws in the narrative flow also occasionally make it difficult to tell whether Conway is revisiting an event or moving on Occasionally he even refers in passing to events he has not et intro. Although the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California has become synonymous with the United States' planetary exploration during the past half century its most recent focus has been on Mars Beginning in the 1990s and continuing through the Mars Phoenix mission of 2007 JPL led the way in engineering an impressive rapidly evolving succession of Mars orbiters and landers including roving robotic.