"live From Cape Canaveral": Covering the Space Race, from Sputnik to Today

Paperback | August 19, 2008

byJay Barbree

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Some fifty years ago, while a cub reporter, Jay Barbree caught space fever the night that Sputnik passed over Georgia. He moved to the then-sleepy village of Cocoa Beach, Florida, right outside Cape Canaveral, and began reporting on rockets that fizzled as often as they soared. In "Live from Cape Canaveral," Barbree—the only reporter who has covered every mission flown by astronauts—offers his unique perspective on the space program. He shares affectionate portraits of astronauts as well as some of his fellow journalists and tells some very funny behind-the-scenes stories—many involving astronaut pranks. Barbree also shows how much the space program and its press coverage have changed over time. Warm and perceptive, he reminds us just how thrilling the great moments of the space race were and why America fell in love with its heroic, sometimes larger-than-life astronauts.

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Some fifty years ago, while a cub reporter, Jay Barbree caught space fever the night that Sputnik passed over Georgia. He moved to the then-sleepy village of Cocoa Beach, Florida, right outside Cape Canaveral, and began reporting on rockets that fizzled as often as they soared. In "Live from Cape Canaveral," Barbree—the only reporter w...

Jay Barbree, seen left reporting live from the launch of Gemini 6 in December 1965, has covered the space race sinceSputnikas a correspondent for NBC. The NBC space unit won an Emmy for its coverage of the firstApollomoon landing. Barbree also broke the world news exclusive on the cause of theChallengerexplosion. The coauthor of theNew...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:August 19, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780061233937

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“Jay Barbree of NBC News is arguably the best correspondent to ever cover the space program.”