By Bruce Henderson, Gordon Cooper

ISBN-10: 0060194162

ISBN-13: 9780060194161

A real American hero, Gordon "Gordo" Cooper used to be with a fledgling NASA as humankind took its first brave steps into house. In his stirring memoir, bounce of religion, the previous Mercury astronaut takes readers on a revealing journey from the early days of the gap software while there has been a true chance of cataclysmic booster failure or being stranded in house, to the way forward for area exploration. As a real area software "insider," Cooper bargains a special point of view and perception to the demanding situations of area and tackles hot-button matters corresponding to the secrets and techniques of region five 1 and the lifestyles of UFOs. His arguable conclusions are good proposal out or even awesome, and so they exhibit his powerful and unshakeable trust in extraterrestrial intelligence.

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The Gs kept building, and at their peak I was straining to keep my vision. When the spacecraft reached orbital velocity, on a path that had leveled off and was now running parallel to the Earth's surface, the sustainer engine cut off, and a series of small rockets fired to separate the spacecraft from the booster. €quired to achieve a circular orbit of the Earttr. The centrifugal force of the spacecraft's fonrard motion would keep it literally free-falling around the Earth on a coume no closer than 100 miles (perigee) and no farther away than 165 miles (apogee).

Gus had no such wounds. S. orbital mission, flown by John Glenn on Febnrary 20, 1962, aboard Friendship 7, put us in the space race for keeps. As with the first suborbital Aight" this mission was preceded by the launch ofa chimpanzee, Enos. Scheduled for three orbits, the spacecraft was brought back after only two orbits due to the failure of an attitudecontrol thnrsterjet and the overteating of an inverter in the electrical system; IV{aking matters worse for Enos, each time he responded to a light during the flight and pushed a button as he'd been nained to do, he received not a banana pellet as he should have, but an electric shock.

The Gs kept building, and at their peak I was straining to keep my vision. When the spacecraft reached orbital velocity, on a path that had leveled off and was now running parallel to the Earth's surface, the sustainer engine cut off, and a series of small rockets fired to separate the spacecraft from the booster. €quired to achieve a circular orbit of the Earttr. The centrifugal force of the spacecraft's fonrard motion would keep it literally free-falling around the Earth on a coume no closer than 100 miles (perigee) and no farther away than 165 miles (apogee).

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