Digital Apollo

Human and Machine in Spaceflight David A. Mindell

The MIT Press Cambridge, Massachusetts London, England

© 2008 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Mindell, David A.

Digital Apollo : human and machine in spaceflight / David A. Mindell. p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 978-0-262-13497-2 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. Human-machine systems. 2. Project Apollo (U.S.)—History. 3. Astronautics—United States—History. 4. Manned spaceflight—History. I. Title.

TA167.M59 2008

629.47 '4—dc22 2007032255

10 987654321

For Pamela, who flies me to the moon.

The machine, which at first blush seems a means of isolating man from the great problems of nature, actually plunges him more deeply into them. As for the peasant, so for the pilot, dawn and twilight become events of consequence. —Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Wind, Sand and Stars

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