|Title:||The pre-astronauts : manned ballooning on the threshold of space|
|Publisher:||[S.l.] : Naval Institute Press, 1995|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||978-1-55750-732-7|
|Size:||xiv, 327 p. / ill. / 24 cm|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references and index|
|Subjects:||Atmosphere, Upper--Research--United States--History ; Balloon ascensions--United States--History ; Outer space--Exploration--United States--History|
Back in the 1950s and early 1960s, before liquid-fuel rockets had launched us full-sail onto what John Kennedy would call the "new ocean", a small fraternity of daring, brilliant men made the first exploratory trips into the upper stratosphere to the edge of outer space in tiny capsules suspended beneath plastic balloons. They saw things no one had ever seen, and they experienced conditions no one was sure they could survive. This book tells the story of these brave and tenacious men as they labored on the cusp of a new age.
The author captures the drama of their spectacular achievements and those of many of the other space pioneers who made America's stratospheric balloon programs possible.
Copies in the Library (1)
|Barcode||Call number||Media type||Location||Section||Status||Donated by||Digital Bookplate|
|007530||TL618.R95 1995||Book||ISU Library||Main collection||Available||Thigpen, Samuel|