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

By: Burgess, Colin, 1947- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Springer-Praxis books in space exploration: Publisher: Cham : Springer, c2014Description: xxvii, 266 pages : illustrations, maps, plans, ports. ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9783319011554; 3319011553.Other title: Freedom Seven.Subject(s): Shepard, Alan B. (Alan Bartlett), 1923-1998 | Project Mercury (U.S.) -- History | Manned space flight -- History | Astronautics -- United States -- History | Outer space -- Exploration -- United States -- History
Contents:
History and development of the Mercury-Redstone program -- The Mercury flight of chimpanzee Ham -- NASA's first space pilot -- Countdown to launch -- Fifteen minutes that stopped a nation -- Splashdown! -- A nation celebrates -- Epilogue.
Summary: 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 with him the hopes, prayers, and anxieties of a nation as his Redstone rocket blasted free of the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, hurling him upwards on a 15-minute suborbital flight that also propelled the United States into the bold new frontier of human space exploration.
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