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Nauts 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 Low made the bold decision to go for lunar orbit on Apollo before the lunar module was ready for flight and after only one Earth orbit test flight of the command and service modules Under Low there were five manned missions including Apollothe first manned lunar landing Low s clandestine negotiations with the Soviet Union resulted in a historic joint mission in that was the precursor to the Shuttle Mir and International Sp

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The Ultimate Engineer (Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Spaceflight)

From the late s to 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 agency s inception in to his retirement in As chief of manned spaceflight at NASA Low was instrumental in the Mercury Gemini and Apollo programs Low s pioneering work paved the way for President Kennedy s decision to make a lunar landing NASA s primary goal in the s After the tragic Apollo fire that took the lives of three astro

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Ace Station programs At the end of his NASA career Low was one of the leading figures in the development of the space shuttle in the early s and he was instrumental in NASA s transition into a post Apollo world Afterward he embarked on a distinguished career in higher education as a transformational president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute his alma mater Chronicling Low s 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