American space exploration;: The first decade, by William Roy Shelton

By William Roy Shelton

Unique historical past of the yankee area application to 1967. 367 pages. Hardcover. Little, Brown and corporate.

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There was no such thing or any other civilian space agency; of The Army, — were Navy and under the Air World Airways, who the base with security police. no the all as rockets — contractor responsible for running the rocket range was Pan American leases, fifties There were no TV coverage and no briefings. ringed press re- Severe penalties — THE ON THE PAD who existed for those MIGHTY ATLAS | 2^ even discussed generally our rocket programs. We knew only that our first ICBA4 was being built by the astronautics division of Convair in a huge plant in San Diego, California, and that ^Yt thousand miles.

Eerily three times, then slowly faded. It was just after faded in the southern sky, "Vanguard is It was a It like a flaunting challenge to the loxed-up, ice-encrusted but stymied Vanguard. " in rocket casing slowly still Sputnik jinxed for sure, grim prophecy. During the next few days Vanguard burned two men with acid. Propellant leaks in the second stage multiplied. So many spare parts were pulled off another in the hangar that the spare had to be shipped Vanguard back to the factory in Baltimore.

J. Paul Walsh, dep- uty director of the project, and Herschel Schooley of the Department of Defense gave hundred newsmen On Force Base. of the rocket and inch satellite the base theater at Patrick Air in stage over a a detailed briefing to was a gleaming break-away model a full-scale replica of the twenty-one- which Vanguard was eventually expected to launch. Newsmen were the not allowed inside the Cape, but countdown began, status reports when were relayed to re- porters and photographers assembled in the sand dunes just south of the the long Cape.

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