Oral history interview with William L. Smith


“ … the amazing thing was, and it sort of conveys how people operated
in those days and how the agencies operated in those days, they came
right back … that [launch] failure was on a Saturday, and on Monday,
they had the PIs gathered around a table with the Nimbus project
manager seeing if prototype instruments that weren't yet qualified for
space could be space qualified and put on another Nimbus satellite and
flown within a year.”