Coming Home: Reentry and Recovery from Space
by Roger D. Launius, Dennis R. Jenkins
Publisher: NASA 2012
Number of pages: 397
Returning to Earth after a flight into space is a fundamental challenge, and contributions from the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in aerodynamics, thermal protection, guidance and control, stability, propulsion, and landing systems have proven critical to the success of the human space flight and other space programs. Without this base of fundamental and applied research, the capability to fly into space would not exist.
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