calculated risk the supersonic life and times of gus grissom

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Calculated Risk

Author : George Leopold
ISBN : 9781612494586
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Unlike other American astronauts, Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom never had the chance to publish his memoirs--save for an account of his role in the Gemini program--before the tragic launch pad fire on January 27, 1967, which took his life and those of Edward White and Roger Chaffee. The international prestige of winning the Moon Race cannot be understated, and Grissom played a pivotal and enduring role in securing that legacy for the United States. Indeed, Grissom was first and foremost a Cold Warrior, a member of the first group of Mercury astronauts whose goal it was to beat the Soviet Union to the moon. Drawing on extensive interviews with fellow astronauts, NASA engineers, family members, and friends of Gus Grissom, George Leopold delivers a comprehensive survey of Grissom's life that places his career in the context of the Cold War and the history of human spaceflight. Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom adds significantly to our understanding of that tumultuous period in American history.

Calculated Risk

Author : George Leopold
ISBN : 9781557537454
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Unlike other American astronauts, Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom never had the chance to publish his memoirs--save for an account of his role in the Gemini program--before the tragic launch pad fire on January 27, 1967, which took his life and those of Edward White and Roger Chaffee. The international prestige of winning the Moon Race cannot be understated, and Grissom played a pivotal and enduring role in securing that legacy for the United States. Indeed, Grissom was first and foremost a Cold Warrior, a member of the first group of Mercury astronauts whose goal it was to beat the Soviet Union to the moon. Drawing on extensive interviews with fellow astronauts, NASA engineers, family members, and friends of Gus Grissom, George Leopold delivers a comprehensive survey of Grissom's life that places his career in the context of the Cold War and the history of human spaceflight. Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom adds significantly to our understanding of that tumultuous period in American history.

Apollo Pilot

Author : Donn Eisele
ISBN : 9780803299542
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In October 1968 Donn Eisele flew with fellow astronauts Walt Cunningham and Wally Schirra into Earth orbit in Apollo 7. The first manned mission in the Apollo program and the first manned flight after a fire during a launch pad test killed three astronauts in early 1967, Apollo 7 helped restart NASA’s manned-spaceflight program. Known to many as a goofy, lighthearted prankster, Eisele worked his way from the U.S. Naval Academy to test pilot school and then into the select ranks of America’s prestigious astronaut corps. He was originally on the crew of Apollo 1 before being replaced due to injury. After that crew died in a horrific fire, Eisele was on the crew selected to return Americans to space. Despite the success of Apollo 7, Eisele never flew in space again, as divorce and a testy crew commander led to the three astronauts being labeled as troublemakers. Unbeknownst to everyone, after his retirement as a technical assistant for manned spaceflight at NASA’s Langley Research Center in 1972, Eisele wrote in detail about his years in the air force and his time in the Apollo program. Long after his death, Francis French discovered Eisele’s unpublished memoir, and Susie Eisele Black (Donn’s widow) allowed French access to her late husband’s NASA files and personal effects. Readers can now experience an Apollo story they assumed would never be written as well as the story behind its discovery.

Fallen Astronauts

Author : Colin Burgess
ISBN : 0803202415
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The author serves up a touching, long-overdue tribute to the astronauts who died while pursuing their very difficult jobs, including the victims of the Apollo fire and the two Gemini astronauts killed in a plane wreck, as well as others. Simultaneous. (History)

Gus Grissom

Author : Ray E. Boomhower
ISBN : 0871951762
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Selected as one of NASA's original Seven Mercury Astronauts, Gus Grissom would go on to become the first man to fly in space twice and later give his life to the NASA space program. This book unearths the story of Indiana's first astronaut by offering a more complete picture of Grissom's life and character and the events that led up to his death.

Spaceman

Author : Mike Massimino
ISBN : 9781101903544
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Taking us through the surreal wonder and beauty of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the Columbia shuttle accident, and the development of his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope--which he and his fellow astronauts were tasked with saving on his final mission--Massimino has written [a memoir and] an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible"--Amazon.com.

Flying Higher And Faster

Author : Vance Brand
ISBN : 1631101668
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For over a century progress in aerospace has been phenomenal. Flying Higher and Faster is a collection of stories and photos relating to the Author's career history and experiences. A few experiences from his youth are included. The book contains fragments of aerospace history from the latter half of the 20th century and descriptions of how they related to his career experiences. The final chapters discuss where he thinks the country (and the world) should be heading regarding aeronautics research and the human exploration of space. Technological progress since demonstration of the airplane by the Wright brothers in 1903 has been remarkable. The author was very fortunate to have been an American pilot and astronaut when some of this was happening during the latter half of the 20th century. It is his opinion that America should continue its lead in aeronautics by having a high level of governmental research support and continue to spearhead the human exploration of deep space.

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