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By Erik M. Conway

Although the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has turn into synonymous with the U.S.’ planetary exploration in the past part century, its latest concentration has been on Mars. starting within the Nineteen Nineties and carrying on with during the Mars Phoenix project of 2007, JPL led the best way in engineering a magnificent, swiftly evolving succession of Mars orbiters and landers, together with roving robot autos whose winning deployment onto the Martian floor posed probably the most complex technical difficulties in house flight history.

In Exploration and Engineering, Erik M. Conway unearths how JPL engineers’ artistic technological feats ended in significant breakthroughs in Mars exploration. he's taking readers into the center of the lab’s problem-solving strategy and administration constitution, the place gifted scientists grappled with technical demanding situations whereas additionally coping, no longer consistently effectively, with investment shortfalls, unrealistic schedules, and managerial turmoil.

Conway, JPL’s historian, deals an insider’s point of view into the altering objectives of Mars exploration, the ways that refined computing device simulations drove the layout approach, and the extraordinary evolution of touchdown applied sciences over a thirty-year period.

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