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Shuttle, Houston

My Life in the Center Seat of Mission Control

Paul Dye



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Little Brown
01 September 2020
A compelling look inside the Space Shuttle missions that helped lay the groundwork for the Space Age, SHUTTLE, HOUSTON explores the determined personalities, technological miracles, and eleventh-hour saves that have given us human spaceflight.

Relaying stories of missions (and their grueling training) in vivid detail, Paul Dye, NASA's longest-serving Flight Director, examines the split-second decisions that the directors and astronauts were forced to make in a field where mistakes are unthinkable, and where errors led to the loss of national resources -- and more importantly one's crew. Dye's stories from the heart of Mission Control explain the mysteries of flying the Shuttle -- from the powerful fiery ascent to the majesty of on-orbit operations to the high-speed and critical re-entry and landing of a hundred-ton glider.

The Space Shuttles flew 135 missions. Astronauts conducted space walks, captured satellites, and docked with the Mir Space Station, bringing space into our everyday life, from GPS to satellite TV. SHUTTLE, HOUSTON puts readers in his own seat at Mission Control, the hub that made humanity's leap into a new frontier possible.
By:   Paul Dye
Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 158mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   520g
ISBN:   9780316454575
ISBN 10:   0316454575
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 September 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Dye is a former Flight Director for NASA. He has over forty years of aviation experience as an engineer, builder, and pilot. He earned his degree in Aeronautical Engineering with a specialization in aircraft design and flight testing from the University of Minnesota in 1982. He retired from NASA in 2013 as the longest-serving Flight Director in U.S. history, having been involved in thirty-nine missions as a Flight Director, nine of those as the lead Flight Director. He has received a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, a NASA Exceptional Service Medal (three times), and a Presidential Medal. Dye is now a leadership consultant and speaker available to corporations and groups who wish to better their organizations and people, as well as the former Editor-in-Chief at (currently Editor-at-Large) of Kitplanes magazine.

Reviews for Shuttle, Houston: My Life in the Center Seat of Mission Control

An excellent portrait of Mission Control, the teams, and the later missions. This should be required reading for anyone aspiring to be part of human space flight, as well as all scientists, engineers, project managers of any kind, and anyone considering a career in a highly complex field or program. --Gene Kranz, Former Flight Director, NASA, and author Failure Is Not an Option Shuttle, Houston gives us tremendous insight on the Mission Control Center. Paul Dye captures the awe and amazement of being part of that team. His wonderful explanations of how everyone works together and his understanding of the science and history will fascinate anyone who appreciates the dynamic world of human space exploration. --Shannon Lucid, former Astronaut Paul Dye pulls back the curtain on what it takes to be a Flight Controller then a Flight Director in Mission Control. Like him, I've been both. There aren't many leadership jobs like being in Mission Control's 'Center Seat'! --Milt Heflin, NASA Johnson Space Center Chief Flight Director, 2001-2004, and coauthor of Go, Flight!

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