Project Mercury

NASA’s First Manned Space Programme

John Catchpole

Project Mercury Only five years after launching Explorer, its first primitive satellite, the USA was putting men into space in the first American manned spaceflight programme, Mercury. How was the technology developed, what were the problems to be overcome, and who were the people behind this programme?

Project Mercury details the development of the Mercury programme, together with its associated infrastructure. It highlights the differences in Redstone/Atlas technology, drawing comparisons between ballistic capsules and alternative types of spacecraft. Astronaut selection and training is also covered, as well as tracking systems, flight control, basic principles of spaceflight and detailed accounts of individual flights.

This book gives a detailed review of the pioneering Project Mercury, including the basic principles of rocket propulsion, orbital flight, re-entry and recovery places the Mercury program into its proper technological and socio-political perspectives tells the very human stories inside the project, such as Gus Grissom's precarious rescue from his sinking spacecraft, Liberty-Bell 7 (recently recovered from the ocean floor and on permanent display at the Kansas Space and Cosmosphere, Kansas).

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Extent: 516 pages
Binding: hardback
Publication Date: July 2001
ISBN: 978-1-85233-406-2

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