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Freedom 7 : the historic flight of Alan B. Shepard, Jr.

Author: Colin Burgess
Publisher: New York ; London ; Chichester (New York ; London ; Chichester) Springer [published in association with] Praxis Pub. (New York ; London ; Chichester), 2014
Series: Springer-Praxis books in space exploration
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Inevitably, there are times in a nation's history when its hopes, fears and confidence in its own destiny appear to hinge on the fate of a single person. One of these pivotal moments occurred on the early morning of May 5, 1961, when a 37-year-old test pilot squeezed himself into the confines of the tiny Mercury spacecraft that he had named Freedom 7. On that historic day, U.S. Navy Commander Alan Shepard carried  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Burgess
ISBN: 9783319011554 3319011553
OCLC Number: 902685533
Notes: 1. History and development of the mercury-Redstone program 2. The Mercury flight of cimpanzee Ham 3. NASA's first space pilot 4. Countdown to launch 5. Fifteen minutes that stopped a nation 6. Splashdown! 7. A nation celebrates 8. Epilogue
Description: xxvii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: History and Development of the Mercury-Redstone Program.- The Precursory Flight of Chimpanzee Ham.- NASA's First Space Pilot.- Countdown to Launch.- Liftoff of Freedom 7.- Fifteen Minutes That Stopped a Nation.- Splashdown.- Epilogue: A Man and His Spacecraft.- Appendix.
Series Title: Springer-Praxis books in space exploration

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This book details the almost forgotten story of the first manned U. S. spaceflight, Freedom 7, flown by Cdr. Alan Shepard, Jr., for NASA. It examines the Mercury program and Shepard's flight in the  Read more...

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