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Inside Nasa

Inside Nasa - 94 edition

Inside Nasa - 94 edition

ISBN13: 9780801849756

ISBN10: 0801849756

Inside Nasa by Howard E. McCurdy - ISBN 9780801849756
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 94
Copyright: 1994
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Published: 1994
International: No
Inside Nasa by Howard E. McCurdy - ISBN 9780801849756

ISBN13: 9780801849756

ISBN10: 0801849756

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 94

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Summary

Recipient of the Henry Adams Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government Inside NASA explores how an agency praised for its planetary probes and expeditions to the moon became notorious for the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger and a series of other malfunctions. Using archival evidence as well as in-depth interviews with space agency officials, Howard McCurdy investigates the relationship between the performance of the American space program and NASA's organizational culture. He begins by identifying the beliefs, norms, and practices that guided NASA's early successes. Originally, the agency was dominated by the strong technical culture rooted in the research-and-development organizations from which NASA was formed. To launch the expeditions to the moon, McCurdy explains, this technical culture was linked to an organizational structure borrowed from the Air Force ballistic-missile program. Changes imposed to accomplish the lunar landing--along with the normal aging process and inc