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By Richard Russell Lawrence

In the phrases of these who trod the void and people at mission

control, listed below are over 50 of the best real tales of suborbital,

orbital and deep-space exploration. From Apollo 8â€TMs

first view of a fractured, tortured panorama of craters on the

†̃dark sideâ€TM of the Moon to the sequence of cliff-hanger crises

aboard area station Mir, they comprise moments of

extraordinary heroic success in addition to episodes of terrible

human price. one of the astronauts and cosmonauts featured are

John Glenn, Pavel Beyayev, Jim Lovell, Neil Armstrong, Buzz

Aldrin, Valery Korzun, Vasily Tsibliyev and Michael Foale.

Includes • First stroll in area by means of Sergei Leonov and his

traumatic go back to Earth • Apollo 13â€TMs challenge – the classic,

nail-biting account of leaving behind send with a view to the

Moon • Docking with the frozen, empty Salyut 7 house station

that had drifted with out energy for 8 months • Progress

crashes into Mir – the astronauts continue to exist loss of life via a hairâ€TMs

breadth • Jerry Linengerâ€TMs panic assault in the course of an area walk,

†̃just in the market danglingâ€TM.

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Within the phrases of these who trod the void and people at missioncontrol, listed below are over 50 of the best real tales of suborbital,orbital and deep-space exploration. From Apollo 8â€TMsfirst view of a fractured, tortured panorama of craters on the†̃dark sideâ€TM of the Moon to the sequence of cliff-hanger crisesaboard house station Mir, they comprise moments ofextraordinary heroic fulfillment in addition to episodes of terriblehuman expense.

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That became the X-15. We gave that idea to Hilbert Drake who developed it in 1955. In that year the X-15 went under contract. Crossfield described what they were trying to achieve at that stage of X-plane development and how it contributed to the drive toward space and eventually hypersonic travel: The research airplane program’s primary goal was to develop technology that we could put to useful purpose – supersonic high-speed aerodynamics . . We had plans to take us [all the way] into space. That was part of the long-range goal for the research airplane program.

I sat beside Gene May in the back seat of the radio car. In the seat in front of us Carder was issuing last minute orders over the hand mike: “Metro One, this is Metro Six. ” Metro One, a truck with a big, square, searching theodolite on its roof, had been stationed by Carder midway along the path of flight. The truck answered, “Metro Six, this is Metro One . . ” Carder was absorbed in the important details of the flight, preoccupied as though he were straining to remember something. Straight ahead the faraway mountains were hidden by the mist – the edge of the huge lake on tall sides was lost by the vapor drifts.

And it looked as though we only had to step over the line to enter aviation’s new age. The day of the ninth powered flight began in the usual way. I fried the eggs while Glennis got ready to drive me over to the airfield. I’d had a bad night’s sleep – from the pain in my side, but also from the indecision about whether or not to fly the mission incapacitated. Tossing and turning, I decided to make up my mind in the air. If it became physically impossible to climb into the X-1, then I’d scrub the mission.

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