The Last of NASA's Original Pilot Astronauts

Expanding the Space Frontier in the Late Sixties

  • David J. Shayler
  • Colin Burgess

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. David J. Shayler, Colin Burgess
    Pages 1-31
  3. David J. Shayler, Colin Burgess
    Pages 32-70
  4. David J. Shayler, Colin Burgess
    Pages 71-108
  5. David J. Shayler, Colin Burgess
    Pages 109-148
  6. David J. Shayler, Colin Burgess
    Pages 149-178
  7. David J. Shayler, Colin Burgess
    Pages 179-210
  8. David J. Shayler, Colin Burgess
    Pages 211-241
  9. David J. Shayler, Colin Burgess
    Pages 242-270
  10. David J. Shayler, Colin Burgess
    Pages 271-312
  11. David J. Shayler, Colin Burgess
    Pages 313-363
  12. David J. Shayler, Colin Burgess
    Pages 364-388
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 389-427

About this book

Introduction

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

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.

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 missions. 

Keywords

Gemini MOL Group 5 Astronauts Group 7 Astronauts Manned Orbiting Laboratory NASA Astronauts 1960s NASA Space Shuttle Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests Shuttle Orbital Flight Tests Skylab Astronauts Skylab Medical Experiments Altitude Test

Authors and affiliations

  • David J. Shayler
    • 1
  • Colin Burgess
    • 2
  1. 1.Astronautical HistorianAstro Info Service LtdHalesowen, West MidlandsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.BangorAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51014-9
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-51012-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-51014-9
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