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Guide to the Larry A. Manning Papers, 1967-1988
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Series Description

Boxes 1-2

I Works Authored by Manning 1967-1981

Scope and Content Note

This series is arranged into two subseries that contain research publications, reports, project documents and proposals, for which Manning is directly attributed as author, co-author or editor.
The first subseries, Planetary Missions: Planning and Scenario Analysis, includes documents correlating to his research into scenarios for launching and guiding manned and unmanned spacecraft. Of note in this subseries is a memo (Box 1, folder 13) commending Manning for his "outstanding" contribution to the joint ESA/NASA study on the Out of the Ecliptic Mission, even though NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory would end up securing responsibility for Phase B of the effort, which ultimately became the ESA Ulysses mission launched in 1990. This memo reflects Manning’s opinion that many scientists at Ames authored project proposals that made significant intellectual contributions to projects that were ultimately managed by other NASA centers.
The second subseries, Other Advanced Research and Technology Projects, contains reports about the future of planetary exploration and examining the future of space research at Ames. Also included are technical papers about the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SITRF).

1. Planetary Missions: Planning and Scenario Analysis


A. Manned and Unmanned

Box 1, Folder 1

Nuclear Engine Thrust Levels for Manned Interplanetary Missions 1967

Box 1, Folder 2

Mode Comparisons of Manned Planetary Missions in the Late 1970s 1967

Box 1, Folder 3

Launch Vehicle Performance Comparisons March, 1968


B. Inner Planets


i. Mercury

Box 1, Folder 4

Trajectory Modes 1967

Box 1, Folder 5

Flyby Illumination Conditions 1968-1969


ii. Venus

Box 1, Folder 6

Atmosphere Model from Russian Venus 4 Probe Data 1967

Box 1, Folder 7

Radar Mapping 1973


iii. Mars

Box 1, Folder 8

Launch Window Analysis 1967-1970

Box 1, Folder 9

1973 Mars Lander Mission, Payload Capability/Operations Analysis 1968

Box 1, Folder 10

Contamination of Earth, Possibility of October, 1973

Box 1, Folder 11

Surface Penetrator System (1984 Mission) 1977


C. Outer Planets

Box 1, Folder 12

Guidance and Navigation 1970-1971

Box 1, Folder 13

Jupiter Atmosphere-Entry Probe and Orbiter Missions 1971-1976

Box 1, Folder 14

Saturn/Uranus Probe and Swingby Technical Memorandum 1973


2. Other Advanced Research and Technology Projects

Box 2, Folder 1

Project Columbus, Final Report December 1976

Box 2, Folder 2

Advanced Missions Advisory Team, Final Report July 1981

Box 2, Folder 3

Space Infrared Telescope Facility [n.d.]

Box 2

II Reference and Research Materials 1971-1988

Scope and Content Note

This series contains reports, presentations, journal articles and other publications that are primarily associated with planetary probe technology research projects in which Manning participated.
Box 2, Folder 4

Pioneer Project [n.d.]

Box 2, Folder 5

Pioneer 10 1971-1975

Box 2, Folder 6

Pioneer Venus 1970-1978

Box 2, Folder 7

Guidance and Navigation for Missions to Outer Planets 1971

Box 2, Folder 8

Deep Probe (1 of 2) 1977

Box 2, Folder 9

Deep Probe (2 of 2) 1977

Box 2, Folder 10

Saturn Orbiter/Dual Probe (SPO²) 1976-1978

Box 2, Folder 11

Astrophysics Data System Study: Final Report March 1988