Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

1 Human and Machine in the Race to the Moon 1

2 Chauffeurs and Airmen in the Age of Systems 17

3 Flying Reentry: The X-15 43

4 Airmen in Space 65

5 ''Braincase on the tip of a firecracker'': Apollo Guidance 95

6 Reliability or Repair? The Apollo Computer 123

7 Programs and People 145

8 Designing a Landing 181

9 ''Pregnant with alarm'': Apollo 11 217

10 Five More Hands On 235

11 Human, Machine, and the Future of Spaceflight 263

Notes 273 Glossary 305 Bibliography 307 Index 335

About the Cover Image 361

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