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Haynes sets sights on space with NASA Operations Manual

10th October 2018
Dr David Baker
Tuesday, 25 September, 2018


10th October 2018: Marking sixty years since the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was first established, Haynes’ latest title, the NASA Operations Manual, celebrates the agency’s triumphs by taking space enthusiasts on a journey through its changing requirements and expanding capabilities.

The agency has had some bold and ambitious goals to take humans back to the Moon and to Mars, visit asteroids, and set up an interplanetary transport system on the way. The first book of its kind, the NASA Operations Manual goes behind the scenes of America’s space agency.

The manual looks at the agency’s historical background, its charter, and its relationship with the US aerospace industry. The 13 primary NASA field centres are explored, taking an in-depth look at their projects, programmes and facilities open to visitors. The book also provides details of NASA’s budget and how it is allocated, as well as its relationship with other agencies such as the US Geological Survey and the Department of Energy, among others. 

Author Dr David Baker, whose career at NASA saw him working on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programmes between 1965 and 1990, has written more than 80 books on spaceflight technology. 

Talking about the NASA Operations Manual, Dr David Baker commented: “Hardly a day goes by without NASA being mentioned in the news or one of its spectacular missions explained in a dramatic documentary. I felt compelled to write this book not only as an homage to the men and women of NASA, who are tough in their uncompromising approach, and competent in not accepting failure, but to also inspire new generations to build on the past and prepare for a bold future.”

“NASA has forged a niche in modern history that extends beyond the realisation of age-old dreams to leave Earth and explore the heavens – it has become a synonym for achievement, performance and greatness.”

The NASA Operations Manual joins the growing range of Haynes space titles covering the full story of manned spaceflight, from NASA Mercury to the International Space Station, in addition to manuals covering unmanned spacecraft such as NASA Voyager 1 & 2 and NASA Cassini/Huygens, and celestial bodies including Earth, the Moon and Mars. 


Title Details

NASA Operations Manual is priced at £22.99 and available from The book number is H6115. The ISBN is 9781785211157. It is published in October 2018.


About the author

Dr David Baker

Dr David Baker is the current Editor of SpaceFlight, the magazine of the British Interplanetary Society. He has worked with NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programmes between 1965 and 1990 and has written more than 100 books on spaceflight technology. He has also served as an advisor to the US Government, notably during the Reagan administration, and was closely involved with the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and ‘Star Wars’ ballistic missile defence system during the height of the Cold War in the 1970s and 1980s. His previous titles for Haynes include NASA Mars Rovers Manual, International Space Station Manual, NASA Space Shuttle Manual, Apollo 13 Manual, Soyuz Manual, Rocket Manual and Hubble Space Telescope Manual. He lives in East Sussex.

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