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kindle î The Ultimate Engineer Outward Odyssey read ô [PDF / Epub] ✩ The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA's Visionary Leader George M. Low (Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Spaceflight) ☉ Richard Jurek – From the late 1950s to 1976 the US manned spaceflight programErnational Space Station programsAt the end of his NASA career Low was one of the leading figures in the development of the space shuttle in the early 1970s and he was instrumental in NASAs transition into a post Apollo worldAfterward he embarked on a distinguished career in higher education as a transformational president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute his alma mater Chronicling Lows escape from Nazi occupied Austria to his helping land a man on the moon The Ultimate Engineer sheds new light on one of the most fascinating and complex personalities of the golden age of US manned space trave After reading this book I felt like I really knew George Low So well written Richard Jurek does a masterful job of describing the amazing life of one of NASA’s truly unsung heroes of the Apollo program Unlike many biographies the Ultimate Engineer is not a tome and every page is worth the read Jurek provides a wonderful description of a man who truly did so much to advance our nation’s space program And Low did it with such amazing humility skill and perseverance A fascinating read about one of the most important contributors to our space program written in a descriptive and easy to read style I could not put it down

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F three astronauts and almost crippled the program Low took charge of the redesign of the Apollo spacecraft and he helped lead the program from disaster and toward the moon In 1968 Low made the bold decision to go for lunar orbit on Apollo 8 before the lunar module was ready for flight and after only one Earth orbit test flight of the command and service modulesUnder Low there were five manned missions including Apollo 11 the first manned lunar landing Lows clandestine negotiations with the Soviet Union resulted in a historic joint mission in 1975 that was the precursor to the Shuttle Mirand Int When the public thinks of the Apollo Moonlandings they remember astronauts such as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and perhaps a few of the flight directors like Chris Kraft and Gene Kranz But there were a number of unsung heroes who do not have the recognition and gratitude that they deserve At the top of the list is George Low the brilliant Austrian born engineer who played a vital role in the US space program in the 1960s and 1970s At various times he was NASA’s head of manned spaceflight deputy director of the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston Apollo Spacecraft Program Manager NASA Deputy Administrator and for 9 months Acting NASA Administrator He was NASA’s “go to guy” in many situations most notably in leading NASA’s recovery from the January 1967 Apollo 1 fire He also was instrumental in sending the first crewed Saturn V flight to orbit the Moon Apollo 8 in saving the space shuttle program from cancellation by the Nixon Administration and in negotiating cooperation with the Russians in space ASTP mission A major gap in biographies of space pioneers has been the lack of a full scale biography of Low Now Richard Jurek co author of “Marketing the Moon” has admirably filled that gap with his new book “The Ultimate Engineer The Remarkable Life of NASA’s Visionary Leader George M Low” University of Nebraska Press Richard spent months pouring over Low’s archives at NASA and RPI where Low attended college and later became its President before his death in July 1984 of cancer at the young age of 59 Richard also had the cooperation of Low’s family The book is meticulously researched and will likely be the definitive biography of George Low It is well written although some important points like Low’s attention to detail are repeated freuently There are 26 pages of valuable photographs covering most of Low’s life The book is indexed and all source are listed Many books have been published this year about space but “The Ultimate Engineer” is one of the best Its subject George Low is one of the unsung pioneers of space exploration It is about time that he is profiled in a full length biography and Richard Jurek has done an outstanding job Highly recommended

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The Ultimate Engineer The Remarkable Life of NASA's Visionary Leader George M Low Outward Odyssey A People's History of SpaceflightFrom the late 1950s to 1976 the US manned spaceflight program advanced as it did largely due to the extraordinary efforts of Austrian immigrant George M Low Described as the ultimate engineer during his career at NASA Low was a visionary architect and leader from the agencys inception in 1958 to his retirement in 1976 As chief of manned spaceflight at NASA Low was instrumental in the Mercury Gemini and Apollo programs Lows pioneering work paved the way for President Kennedys decision to make a lunar landing NASAs primary goal in the 1960s After the tragic 1967 Apollo 1 fire that took the lives o With the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 in July 2019 this year has brought a flood of books television programs and movies about NASA’ uest to get humans to the surface of the moon While it’s great that the general public has a rekindled fascination with Apollo most of the new material is simply re hashed versions of what those of us who are interested in the early space program already knowEnter The Ultimate Engineer into the mix Jurek has dug in deep to study the life and work of George M Low the chief of manned spaceflight at NASA He got dusty with Low’s archives He spoke with dozens of Low’s colleagues And he learned backstory from Low’s familyThat Low is so unknown until now makes his story fascinating Unknown to most that is The astronauts all knew and respected him For example “First Man” Neil Armstrong says of Low “He was my favorite engineer”Perhaps Low was so well liked at NASA because he was a risk taker a theme that Jurek tackles writing aspects of The Ultimate Engineer like a thriller which kept me engagedMy favorite part of the book is learning about the background of the Apollo 8 lunar circumnavigation mission I’ve always thought this was the most audacious single thing NASA has done bumping up the mission to send humans to orbit the moon before the original plan Jurek recounts the events leading up to this momentous decision and shares all the fascinating details about how it went downThe Apollo program involved 400000 people all dedicated to sending humans to the moon and returning them safely to earth Perhaps the most critical person in the ultimate success of the Apollo project even important than Neil Armstrong and Wernher von Braun was George M Low That his story is now so expertly told makes this book a valuable and important addition to NASA history