- Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
- Verlag: Springer; Auflage: 2011 (17. August 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1441984046
- ISBN-13: 978-1441984043
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,8 x 2,3 x 24 cm
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Selecting the Mercury Seven: The Search for America's First Astronauts (Springer Praxis Books) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 17. August 2011
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From the reviews:“The author chronicles the testing/selection process of the candidates and includes brief biographies of the finalists. … The book presents more extensive biographies of the entire careers of the Mercury Seven astronauts along with photographs of historical importance. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduate students and general readers.” (J. Z. Kiss, Choice, Vol. 49 (6), February, 2012)
In January 1959, after an exhaustive search through military service records, a number of Americas elite test pilots received orders to attend a series of top-secret briefings in Washington, D.C. These briefings were designed to assist in selecting a group of astronauts for the newly formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its man-in-space program, Project Mercury.
Following in-depth medical and psychological screening, 32 finalists were chosen. They would be subjected to the most rigorous, exploratory, and even degrading medical and psychological stress tests ever imposed on the nation's service personnel. NASA wanted the best of the best in its quest for the nation's first astronauts, and this is the story of that search for a group of near-supermen who were destined to become trailblazing pioneers of American space flight.
For the very first time, after extensive research and numerous interviews, the names and amazing stories of those 32 finalists are finally revealed in this book. Only seven of them would ultimately be selected as America's Mercury astronauts, but those responsible for choosing the seven openly concede that it was an incredibly difficult task. They reveal that any of these courageous and superbly talented test pilots could so easily have been selected to fly into space, finding adventure, fame, and lasting renown as one of NASA's legendary Mercury astronauts.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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This book is more about the process of evaluating the candidates and about the biographies of said candidates than it is about the REALLY interesting question of how they decided among most of the 32 candidates who were fully qualified. The book has a good description and many interesting photos of the facilities and apparatus used to test the astronauts. It also has detailed biographies of the life, service and (often) passing of the candidates who went through final selection. Being an air force brat, I "got it" pretty quickly that all of these guys were great pilots, who flew a lot of cutting edge aircraft and went to test pilot school. One or two even made admiral/general after their rejection by NASA. But, unless you know any of these people, the bios read like so much trivia after awhile, I'm afraid: Great pilots; cream of the cream; didn't quite make it. Thanks.
Buy this book if you want some background to the main event. Even buy this book if you want to try to deduce which candidate was which from the anonymous letters each was assigned as a candidate. Don't but this book if you're looking for a tell-all about who was the can't-miss candidate, who squeaked through, who fooled everyone and flopped and who got hosed. This is a better-than-average book for intellect and readability, but it isn't a meal. It would have been nice if they could have done a freedom-of-information request to get information on the final selection: Then it might have been a great book because we could have related the selection factors to the biographies...Maybe that will be the second edition.
In his book, the author goes in great detail either given by the men themselves and or their families about their lives, careers both before and after they missed out on becoming astronauts. Some as mentioned became astronauts later but others went on to distinguished careers both in and out of the military. One man had the satisfaction of seeing his daughter become an astronaut after he missed out on selection but went on to become an admiral and Superintendent of the Naval Academy.
The seven men selected are not ignored but the emphasis is on the runner ups in this book which is a must have for any serious student of Spaceflight history. Accompanied by images, many of which have not been published until now, "Selecting the Mercury Seven" is intriguing and gives new light on a subject that we still know very little about even after fifty plus years of astronaut selections.