An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
Hardcover ISBN: 0316253014
The author charts the course of his career as an astronaut, detailing how he overcame slim odds on account of his Canadian nationality to become one of NASA's most decorated astronauts while offering an intimate look at life in space.
A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey
1957--the Space Race Begins, Library Edition
Compact Disc ISBN: 1400135036
An account of the first year of the space race describes the dramatic rivalry between the U.S. and the Soviet Union and how it was marked by such contributing factors as UFO sightings, intelligence gathering, and fierce nationalism.
A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey
1957--the Space Race Begins
Paperback ISBN: 0743294327
A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey tells the remarkable story of America's first efforts to succeed in space, a time of exploding rockets, national space mania, Florida boomtowns, and interservice rivalries so fierce that President Dwight Eisenhower had to referee them. When the Soviet Union launched the first orbital satellite, Sputnik I, Americans panicked. The Soviets had nuclear weapons, the Cold War was underway, and now the USSR had taken the lead in the space race. Members of Congress and the press called for an all-out effort to launch a satellite into orbit. With dire warnings about national security in the news almost every day, the armed services saw space as the new military frontier. But President Eisenhower insisted that the space effort, which relied on military technology, be supervised by civilians so that the space race would be peaceful. The Navy's Vanguard program flopped, and the Army, led by ex-Nazi rocket scientist Wernher von Braun and a martinet general named J. Bruce Medaris (whom Eisenhower disliked), took over. Meanwhile, the Soviets put a dog inside the next Sputnik, and Americans grew more worried as the first animal in space whirled around the Earth. Throughout 1958 America went space crazy. UFO sightings spiked. Boys from Brooklyn to Burbank shot model rockets into the air. Space-themed beauty pageants became a national phenomenon. The news media flocked to the launchpads on the swampy Florida coast, and reporters reinvented themselves as space correspondents. And finally the Army's rocket program succeeded. Determined not to be outdone by the Russians, America's space scientists launched the first primate into space, a small monkey they nicknamed Old Reliable for his calm demeanor. And then at Christmastime, Eisenhower authorized the launch of a secret satellite with a surprise aboard. A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey memorably recalls the infancy of the space race, a time when new technologies brought ominous danger but also gave us the ability to realize our dreams and reach for the stars.
The Birth of NASA
The Work of the Space Task Group, America's First True Space Pioneers
Paperback ISBN: 3319284266
This is the story of the work of the original NASA space pioneers; men and women who were suddenly organized in 1958 from the then National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) into the Space Task Group. A relatively small group, they developed the initial mission concept plans and procedures for the U. S. space program. Then they boldly built hardware and facilities to accomplish those missions. The group existed only three years before they were transferred to the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, in 1962, but their organization left a large mark on what would follow. Von Ehrenfried's personal experience with the STG at Langley uniquely positions him to describe the way the group was structured and how it reacted to the new demands of a post-Sputnik era. He artfully analyzes how the growing space program was managed and what techniques enabled it to develop so quickly from an operations perspective. The result is a fascinating window into history, amply backed up by first person documentation and interviews.
Bold They Rise
The Space Shuttle Early Years, 1972-1986
Hardcover ISBN: 0803226489
Chronicles the history of the Space Shuttle program from the early days of research and design to the Challenger disaster, relating the personal experiences of the astronauts, engineers, and scientists involved in the program.
Breaking the Chains of Gravity
The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA
Paperback ISBN: 1472911245
A history of pre-NASA spaceflight describes how America's space agency drew some of the world's leading minds, discussing such subjects as Wernher von Braun's Jupiter rocket, the cutting-edge aircraft flown by NACA test pilot Neil Armstrong and the rivalries between the various arms of the U.S. military.
Hadfield, Maclean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure
Hardcover ISBN: 1771620447
McDonald, a science commentator and correspondent in Canada, relates the experiences of three Canadians who have walked in space: Chris Hadfield, Steve MacLean, and Dave Williams. Through description and interviews, the chapters detail the history of spacewalking, their training, the space station, their suit and how it works, what they saw in space, weightlessness, construction work in zero gravity, body issues, flight simulators, disorientation, and the future of spacesuit design and walking on Mars. Distributed in the US by PGW/Perseus. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Carrying the Fire
An Astronaut's Journeys
Compact Disc ISBN: 1541452720
In Carrying the Fire, Michael Collins conveys, in a very personal way, the drama, beauty, and humor of the adventure of reaching the moon. He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force, through his days as a test pilot, to his Apollo 11 spacewalk, presenting an evocative picture of the joys of flight as well as a new perspective on time, light, and movement from someone who has seen the fragile Earth from the other side of the moon.