Doing the Impossible

George E. Mueller and the Management of NASA’s Human Spaceflight Program

  • Arthur L. Slotkin

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 255-306

About this book


This excellent account of one of the most important personalities in early American human spaceflight history describes for the first time how George E. Mueller, the system manager of the human spaceflight program of the 1960s, applied the SPO methodology and other special considerations, resulting in the success of the Apollo Program. While Wernher von Braun and others did not really readily accept Mueller's approach to system management, they later acknowledged that without it NASA would not have landed astronauts on the Moon by 1969. While Apollo remained Mueller's top priority, from his earliest days at the agency he promoted a robust post-Apollo program, which culminated in Skylab, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station. As a result of these efforts, Mueller earned the sobriquet: "the father of the Space Shuttle."


Air Force Ballistic Missile Program American Spaceflight History Apollo Program George E. Mueller Human Spaceflight History International Space Station NASA System Management SPO Methodology Space Exploration The Space Shuttle

Authors and affiliations

  • Arthur L. Slotkin
    • 1
  1. 1.Sandy SpringsUSA

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