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Friendship 7 : the epic orbital flight of John H. Glenn, Jr.

Author: Colin Burgess
Publisher: Cham ; Heidelberg ; New York ; Dordrecht ; London : Springer, 2015.
Series: Springer-Praxis books in space exploration.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this spellbinding account of an historic but troubled orbital mission, noted space historian Colin Burgess takes us back to an electrifying time in American history, when intrepid pioneers were launched atop notoriously unreliable rockets at the very dawn of human space exploration. A nation proudly and collectively came to a standstill on the day this mission flew; a day that will be forever enshrined in  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Burgess, Colin.
Friendship 7.
Cham, Switzerland ; Chichester, England : Springer : Published in association with Praxis Publishing, 2015
(OCoLC)909899289
Named Person: John Glenn; John Glenn
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Burgess
ISBN: 3319156535 9783319156538 9783319156545 3319156543
OCLC Number: 900306499
Description: 275 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Developing the Mercury-Atlas program.- The orbital flight of chimpanzee Enos.- A Marine on a mission.- Delays, and more delays.- "Godspeed, John Glenn.".- A drama-filled mission.- A safe splashdown.- Epilogue: Beyond the Mercury program.
Series Title: Springer-Praxis books in space exploration.
Responsibility: Colin Burgess.

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In this spellbinding account of an historic but troubled orbital mission, noted space historian Colin Burgess takes us back to an electrifying time in American history, when intrepid pioneers were launched atop notoriously unreliable rockets at the very dawn of human space exploration. A nation proudly and collectively came to a standstill on the day this mission flew; a day that will be forever enshrined in American spaceflight history. On the morning of February 20, 1962, following months of frustrating delays, a Marine Corps war hero and test pilot named John Glenn finally blazed a path into orbit aboard a compact capsule named Friendship 7. The book?s tension-filled narrative faithfully unfolds through contemporary reports and the personal recollections of astronaut John Glenn, along with those closest to the Friendship 7 story, revealing previously unknown facts behind one of America?s most ambitious and memorable pioneering space missions.

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"This book is about his first flight during the Mercury program aboard the spaceship Friendship 7. .... covers the beginning of the spaceflight era in the late 1950s to Glenn's flight in 1962. ... Read more...

 
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