Download and read online Project Gemini in PDF and EPUB In just two-and-a-half years, beginning in 1964, two unmanned and ten manned flights took place in the Gemini program. This program was the turning point in the space race with the USSR; from then on the Americans took the lead. Flights lasting two weeks, into the Van Allen Belt, the first extravehicular activities, rendezvous maneuvers and docking with other spacecraft all of this was achieved by Gemini, paving the way for the more demanding moon landing program. It was not all success, however. Like almost every significant undertaking, Project Gemini also had its dramas and tragedies. All Project Gemini missions are discussed, including details on allcraft and the astronauts involved. Superb color, archival images, cutaways and plans are also included."
Download and read online Gemini in PDF and EPUB Account of the first space walk during Gemini 4.
Download and read online Postwar America in PDF and EPUB Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History provides detailed coverage of all the remarkable developments within the United States during this period, as well as their dramatic impact on the rest of the world.
Download and read online The Gemini IV Mission in PDF and EPUB In this book, students will blast off with astronauts Edward White and James McDivitt as they make their way to space in 1965. Tied to the capsule by a long cord called an umbilicus, White became the first American astronaut to walk in space. This was a historic event in itself, and another important step in the United States space program's quest to reach the Moon.
Download and read online Read You Loud and Clear in PDF and EPUB These accounts tell how international goodwill and foreign cooperation were crucial to the operation of the network and why the space agency chose to build the STDN the way it did. More than anything else, the story of NASA's STDN is about the "unsung heroes of the space program."
Download and read online Exploring Space in PDF and EPUB Color Overheads Included! The exciting discoveries of recent space explorations are described in this book which deals with rockets, space probes, and space stations. The scientific exploration of our solar system and beyond is described. Each of the twelve teaching units in this book is introduced by a color transparency, which emphasizes the basic concept of the unit and presents questions for discussion. Reproducible student pages provide reinforcement and follow-up activities. The teaching guide offers descriptions of the basic concepts to be presented, background information, suggestions for enrichment activities, and a complete answer key.
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Download and read online On the Shoulders of Titans in PDF and EPUB Gemini was the intermediate manned space flight program between America's first steps into space with Mercury and the amazing and unprecedented accomplishments achieved during the manned lunar expeditions of Apollo. Because of its position between these two other efforts, Gemini is probably less remembered. Still, it more than had its place in man's progress into this new frontier. Gemini accomplishments were manyfold. They included many firsts: first astronaut-controlled maneuvering in space; first rendezvous in space of one spacecraft with another; first docking of one spacecraft with a propulsive stage and use of that stage to transfer man to high altitude; first traverse of man into the Earth's radiation belts; first extended manned flights of a week or more in duration; first extended stays of man outside his spacecraft; first controlled reentry and precision landing; and many more. These achievements were significant in ways one cannot truly evaluate even today, but two things stand out: (1) it was the time when America caught up and surpassed the Soviet Union in manned space flight, and (2) these demonstrations of capability were an absolute prerequisite to the phenomenal Apollo accomplishments then yet to come. Project Gemini is now little remembered, having vanished into that special limbo reserved for the successful intermediate steps in a fast-moving technological advance. Conceived and approved in 1961, the second major project in the American manned space flight program carried men into orbit in 1965 and 1966. Gemini thus kept Americans in space between the path-breaking but limited Earth-orbital missions of Project Mercury and the far more ambitious Project Apollo, which climaxed in 1969 when two men first set foot on the Moon. This book is a detailed history of the failures and victories of the Gemini program.
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Download and read online What Every American Should Know About American History in PDF and EPUB Covers the most critical events from U.S. history in a small, easy-to-read package First two editions have sold more than 200,000 copies Features 25 all-new events since the second edition. Readers no longer have to go through lengthy historical volumes filled with forgettable names, facts, and figures to be informed about American history. What Every American Should Know about American History, 3rd Edition, offers a digestible view on the most critical events in U.S. history. This completely updated version of the history classic contains 25 new historical events, including: 9/11 Hurricane Katrina The gasoline crisis Passage of Patriot Act The Enron scandal With What Every American Should Know about American History, 3rd Edition, Dr. Axelrod and Charles Phillips offer a fun and easy way to become knowledgeable about the basic history of the United States. AUTHOR: Alan Axelrod, Ph.D. (Atlanta, GA), is the author of a number of books, including The International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Fraternal Orders, Profiles in Audacity, 1001 Events That Made America, and Portraits of the Civil War. He has taught at Lake Forest College and Furman University. Charles Phillips (Rochester, NY) is the coauthor of Portraits of the Civil War and The Encyclopedia of Historical Treaties and Alliances. He has taught at the University of Iowa.
Download and read online Praxis Manned Spaceflight Log 1961 2006 in PDF and EPUB This flagship work charts a complete chronological log of orbital manned spaceflight. Included are the X-15 "astroflights" of the 1960s, and the two 1961 Mercury and Redstone missions which were non-orbital. There is an image depicting each manned spaceflight, and data boxes containing brief biographies of all the space travelers. The main text is a narrative of each mission, its highlights and accomplishments, including the strange facts and humorous stories connected to every mission. The resulting book is a handy reference to all manned spaceflights, the names of astronauts and cosmonauts who flew on each mission, their roles and accomplishments.
Download and read online Space and the American Imagination in PDF and EPUB People dreamed of cosmic exploration—winged spaceships and lunar voyages; space stations and robot astronauts—long before it actually happened. Space and the American Imagination traces the emergence of space travel in the popular mind, its expression in science fiction, and its influence on national space programs. Space exploration dramatically illustrates the power of imagination. Howard E. McCurdy shows how that power inspired people to attempt what they once deemed impossible. In a mere half-century since the launch of the first Earth-orbiting satellite in 1957, humans achieved much of what they had once only read about in the fiction of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells and the nonfiction of Willy Ley. Reaching these goals, however, required broad-based support, and McCurdy examines how advocates employed familiar metaphors to excite interest (promising, for example, that space exploration would recreate the American frontier experience) and prepare the public for daring missions into space. When unexpected realities and harsh obstacles threatened their progress, the space community intensified efforts to make their wildest dreams come true. This lively and important work remains relevant given contemporary questions about future plans at NASA. Fully revised and updated since its original publication in 1997, Space and the American Imagination includes a reworked introduction and conclusion and new chapters on robotics and space commerce.
Download and read online A New American Space Plan in PDF and EPUB Meet the Rocket City Rednecks. They're five "backwoods" guys from the rocket city: Huntsville, Alabama, home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the birthplace of the U.S. space program. Sure, they love to shoot stuff and drink beer, and one of 'em lives in a trailer, but with a family tree full of NASA rocket scientists (not to mention their own PhDs and advanced degrees), they aim a little higher¾like using homemade moonshine to fuel a rocket! Now, in typical laidback style, Dr. Travis S. Taylor, leader of the crew, delivers the goods on how America can return to space exploration and manned space flight. What's needed is a good old "try anything" attitude, a bit of gumption, and the spectacularly entertaining backyard science that's the Rocket City Redneck specialty. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
Download and read online Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury and Gemini in PDF and EPUB The race to space between the United States and the Soviet Union captured the popular imagination. On April 12, 1961, the USSR launched cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on a one-orbit flight, making him the first human in space. Three weeks later, American astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. flew 116 miles above Earth before splashing down in the Bahamas. Over the next twenty years astronauts emerged as national heroes. This book tells the story of the people and events of Projects Mercury and Gemini with hundreds of unpublished and rare photographs—both color and black-and-white. Unlike other publications, which illustrate the space race with well-known and easily accessible images, this history draws from the authors’ private library of over one hundred thousand (and growing) high-quality photos of the early US manned space program. Collected over a lifetime from public and private sources—including NASA archives, fellow collectors, retired NASA and news photographers, and auction houses—the images document American space missions of the Cold War era more comprehensively than ever before. Devoting a chapter to each flight, the authors also include detailed descriptions, providing new insight into one of America’s greatest triumphs.
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