Liberty Bell 7: The Suborbital Mercury Flight of Virgil I. Grissom by Colin BurgessLiberty Bell 7: The Suborbital Mercury Flight of Virgil I. Grissom by Colin Burgess

Liberty Bell 7: The Suborbital Mercury Flight of Virgil I. Grissom

byColin Burgess

Paperback | March 19, 2014

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NASA's Mercury astronauts were seven highly skilled professional test pilots. Each of them seemed to possess the strength of character and commitment necessary to overcome apparently insurmountable obstacles as the United States entered into a Cold War space race with the Soviet Union. This was never more evident than on the epic suborbital MR-4 flight of Liberty Bell 7 with astronaut Virgil ('Gus') Grissom piloting the spacecraft to a successful splashdown, followed by the premature blowing of the craft's explosive hatch. After a hurried exit and struggling to stay afloat, he could only watch helplessly as the recovery helicopter pilot valiantly fought a losing battle to save the sinking capsule. That day NASA not only lost a spacecraft but came perilously close to losing one of its Mercury astronauts, a decorated Korean fighter pilot from Indiana who might one day have soared to the highest goal of them all, as the first person to set foot on the Moon. For the first time, many of those closest to the flight of Liberty Bell 7 and astronaut Gus Grissom offer their stories and opinions on the dramatic events of July 21, 1961, and his later pioneering Gemini mission. They also tell of an often controversial life cut tragically and horrifically short in a launch pad fire that shocked the nation.
Colin Burgess's first book, "The Diggers of Colditz" was published simultaneously in the U.K. and Australia in 1985. His next few books were on the Australian prisoner-of-war experience and then he turned his efforts to writing about his principal interest: human space exploration. Burgess has written a number of books on the subject f...
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Title:Liberty Bell 7: The Suborbital Mercury Flight of Virgil I. GrissomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:275 pages, 24 × 16.8 × 0.02 inPublished:March 19, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319043900

ISBN - 13:9783319043906

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Table of Contents

An astronaut named Gus.- The MR-3 mission and spacecraft.- Preparing for launch.- The flight of Liberty Bell 7.- An astronaut in peril.- One program ends, another begins.- From the depths of the ocean.- Epilogue: A tale of two hatches.- Appendix.

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From the book reviews:"Burgess covers the Mercury spacecraft, astronaut Grissom's background, the details of the flight, and Grissom's future endeavors in the Gemini program, as well as his tragic death in the Apollo 1 fire. . The book contains many interesting photographs and appendixes, including the pilot's report as well as a second-by-second time line of the flight. This well-written book would be a welcome addition to the collections of spaceflight enthusiasts. . Summing Up: Recommended. Academic and general space history collections." (J. Z. Kiss, Choice, Vol. 52 (2), October, 2014)