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A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey: 1957 -- The Space Race Begins

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andlt;iandgt;A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkeyandlt;/iandgt; tells the remarkable story of America's first efforts to succeed in space, a time of exploding rockets, national space mania, Florida boomtowns, and interservice rivalries so fierce that President Dwight Eisenhower had to referee them. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; When the Soviet Union launched the first orbital satellite, andlt;iandgt;Sputnik I,andlt;/iandgt; Americans panicked. The Soviets had nuclear weapons, the Cold War was underway, and now the USSR had taken the lead in the space race. Members of Congress and the press called for an all-out effort to launch a satellite into orbit. With dire warnings about national security in the news almost every day, the armed services saw space as the new military frontier. But President Eisenhower insisted that the space effort, which relied on military technology, be supervised by civilians so that the space race would be peaceful. The Navy's Vanguard program flopped, and the Army, led by ex-Nazi rocket scientist Wernher von Braun and a martinet general named J. Bruce Medaris (whom Eisenhower disliked), took over. Meanwhile, the Soviets put a dog inside the next Sputnik, and Americans grew more worried as the first animal in space whirled around the Earth. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Throughout 1958 America went space crazy. UFO sightings spiked. Boys from Brooklyn to Burbank shot model rockets into the air. Space-themed beauty pageants became a national phenomenon. The news media flocked to the launchpads on the swampy Florida coast, and reporters reinvented themselves as space correspondents. And finally the Army's rocket program succeeded. Determined not to be outdone by the Russians, America's space scientists launched the first primate into space, a small monkey they nicknamed Old Reliable for his calm demeanor. And then at Christmastime, Eisenhower authorized the launch of a secret satellite with a surprise aboard. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;iandgt;A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkeyandlt;/iandgt; memorably recalls the infancy of the space race, a time when new technologies brought ominous danger but also gave us the ability to realize our dreams and reach for the stars.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Michael D'Antonioandlt;/bandgt; is the author of many acclaimed books, including andlt;Iandgt;Atomic Harvest, Fall from Grace, Tin Cup Dreams, Mosquito, andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;Iandgt;The State Boys Rebellion. andlt;/iandgt;His work has also appeared in andlt;Iandgt;Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Discover, andlt;/iandgt;and many other publications. Among his many awards is the Pulitzer Prize, which he shared with a team of reporters for andlt;Iandgt;Newsday.andlt;/iandgt;

Table of Contents

PRELUDE: Ford Fairlanes, Atom Bombs, and Satellites

ONE: Those Damn Bastards!

TWO: New Moon Worries

THREE: The Cape

FOUR: And a Dog Shall Lead Them

FIVE: Hold It!

SIX: The Acid Test

SEVEN: Being Nonchalant and Lighting Up a Marijuana

EIGHT: A New Era of Exploration

NINE: Opportunists and Adventurers

TEN: Eggheads and Pie Trucks

ELEVEN: The Monkey and the President

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743294324
Author:
D'antonio, Michael
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
D'Antonio, Michael
Subject:
History
Subject:
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/50s
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Engineering -- History.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8pp insert
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 14.77 oz

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