Liberty Bell 7

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März 2014



NASA's Mercury astronauts were seven highly skilled professional test pilots. Each of them seemed to possess the strength of character and commitment necessary to overcome apparently insurmountable obstacles as the United States entered into a Cold War space race with the Soviet Union. This was never more evident than on the epic suborbital MR-4 flight of Liberty Bell 7 with astronaut Virgil (`Gus') Grissom piloting the spacecraft to a successful splashdown, followed by the premature blowing of the craft's explosive hatch. After a hurried exit and struggling to stay afloat, he could only watch helplessly as the recovery helicopter pilot valiantly fought a losing battle to save the sinking capsule. That day NASA not only lost a spacecraft but came perilously close to losing one of its Mercury astronauts, a decorated Korean fighter pilot from Indiana who might one day have soared to the highest goal of them all, as the first person to set foot on the Moon. For the first time, many of those closest to the flight of Liberty Bell 7 and astronaut Gus Grissom offer their stories and opinions on the dramatic events of July 21, 1961, and his later pioneering Gemini mission. They also tell of an often controversial life cut tragically and horrifically short in a launch pad fire that shocked the nation.


From the book reviews:

'Burgess covers the Mercury spacecraft, astronaut Grissom's background, the details of the flight, and Grissom's future endeavors in the Gemini program, as well as his tragic death in the Apollo 1 fire. ' The book contains many interesting photographs and appendixes, including the pilot's report as well as a second-by-second time line of the flight. This well-written book would be a welcome addition to the collections of spaceflight enthusiasts. ' Summing Up: Recommended. Academic and general space history collections.' (J. Z. Kiss, Choice, Vol. 52 (2), October, 2014)

EAN: 9783319043913
Untertitel: The Suborbital Mercury Flight of Virgil I. Grissom. 2014. Auflage. 191 schwarz-weiße Abbildungen. eBook. Sprache: Englisch. Dateigröße in MByte: 14.
Verlag: Springer International Publishing
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2014
Seitenanzahl: xxv275
Format: pdf eBook
Kopierschutz: Adobe DRM
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