Sojourner: An Insider's View of the Mars Pathfinder Mission

Sojourner An Insider s View of the Mars Pathfinder Mission Andrew Mishkin a senior systems engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a leader of NASA s robotic program delivers an insider s look at the Mars Pathfinder probe that electrified the world s

  • Title: Sojourner: An Insider's View of the Mars Pathfinder Mission
  • Author: Andrew Mishkin
  • ISBN: 9780425198391
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • Andrew Mishkin, a senior systems engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a leader of NASA s robotic program, delivers an insider s look at the Mars Pathfinder probe that electrified the world s imagination 122 million miles away from her controllers, a sophisticated robot smaller than a microwave oven did what had never been done before explore the rocky, red terraAndrew Mishkin, a senior systems engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a leader of NASA s robotic program, delivers an insider s look at the Mars Pathfinder probe that electrified the world s imagination 122 million miles away from her controllers, a sophisticated robot smaller than a microwave oven did what had never been done before explore the rocky, red terrain of Mars Then, six wheeled Sojourner beamed spectacular pictures of her one of a kind mission back to Earth And millions of people were captivated Now, with the touch of an expert thriller writer, Sojourner operations team leader Andrew Mishkin tells the inside, human story of the Mars Pathfinder mission s feverish efforts to build a self guided, offroading robot to explore the surface of the Red Planet With witty, compelling anecdotes, he describes the clash of temperamental geniuses, the invention of a new work ethic, the turf wars, the chewing gum solutions to high tech problems, the controlled chaos behind the strangely beautiful creation of an artificial intelligence and the exhilaration of inaugurating the next great age of space exploration.

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    1 thought on “Sojourner: An Insider's View of the Mars Pathfinder Mission”

    1. Andrew Mishkin is a JPL systems engineer who worked on the Sojourner Mars rover. I already read another book about this project, Managing Martians by Donna Shirley, but this one is much more focused on the technical challenges and therefore much more funL started working on rovers in the 1960s for the Surveyor lunar lander program. Two prototypes were built, but none actually flew to the Moon, unlike the Soviet Lunokhods. After 20 years one prototype was taken out of its warehouse and rebuilt. I [...]

    2. Sojourner was the great herald of roving Mars missions, and there were certainly a number of strong personalities and technical and political obstacles that challenged its success. It would be the making of a stronger book if the author were able to give a more distanced, overall view of the project, instead of the single point-of-view. Unfortunately, this book doesn't adequately convey the excitement of this groundbreaking mission.

    3. After reading 2 books about Pathfinder, this one brings the most technical insight into the whole project. Mishkin describes technical issues of all sorts (communication, mechanical, electrical, software, ) they've experienced in great detail. Highly recommended for everyone interested in space hardware and software.One note -- the book gets better and better as it progresses.

    4. An insider's view is exactly what I was after. I wish books like this had been written about previous space missions such as Voyager or Cassini.

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