THE LAST OF NASA'S ORIGINAL PILOT ASTRONAUTS

Expanding the Space Frontier in the Late Sixties

David J. Shayler & Colin Burgess

THE LAST OF NASA'S ORIGINAL PILOT ASTRONAUTS: Expanding the Space Frontier in the Late Sixties In April 1966 NASA selected 19 pilot astronauts whose training was specifically targeted to the Apollo lunar landing missions and the Earth-orbiting Skylab space station. Three years later, following the sudden cancellation of the USAF's highly classified Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) project, seven military astronauts were also co-opted into NASA's space program.

Resulting from the authors' deep research into these two pre-Shuttle astronaut groups, many intriguing and untold stories behind the selection process are revealed. The often extraordinary backgrounds and personal ambitions of these skilled pilots, chosen to continue NASA's exloration and knowledge of the space frontier, are also examined.

This book represents the final chapter by the authors in the story of American astronaut selections prior to the era of the Space Shuttle. Through personal interviews and original NASA documentation, readers will also gain a true insight into a remarkable age of space travel as it unfolded in the late 1960s, and the men who flew those historic messions.


Table of Contents

Authors' Preface
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Dedication
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Prologue

1. The selections
2. The nineteen
3. The 'almost' astronauts
4. Preparing for Apollo
5. Supporting Apollo
6. Before this decade is out
7. Preparing for MOL
8. NASA's 'MOL(mag)nificent' seven
9. Where blue skies turn black
10. Riding 'The Stack'
11. After space

Afterword
Appendix
Bibliography
About the authors
Other works by the authors
Index


Extent: 427 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2017
ISBN: 978-3-319-51012-5



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