Synopses & Reviews
The pioneer astronauts who took America into space tell their personal stories about the challenges they faced -- their fears, joys, friendships, and successes.
Chosen from hundreds of crackerjack pilots for their fitness, intelligence, and courage, the original Mercury Seven astronauts risked their lives to cross the space frontier. In We Seven, they take readers behind the scenes to show them their training, technology, and teamwork, and to share personal stories, including the lighter moments of their mission. They bring readers inside the Mercury program -- even into the space capsules themselves. We Seven straps you in with the astronauts and rockets you along for the ride.
Share Alan Shepard's exhilaration as he breaks through the earth's atmosphere. Endure moments of panic with Gus Grissom when his hatch blows, stranding him in the open sea. Race with John Glenn as he makes split-second life-or-death maneuvers during reentry, and feel his relief when he emerges safe but drenched with sweat.
Despite such heroism, Project Mercury was more than the story of individual missions. It defined the manned space flight program to come, from Gemini through Apollo. In We Seven, America's original astronauts tell us firsthand -- as only they can -- about the space program they pioneered, and share with us the hopes and dreams of the U.S. at the dawn of a new era.
"Cut of the same stone as Columbus, Magellan, Daniel Boone, Orville and Wilbur Wright...the seven astronauts of Project Mercury were winnowed out by the most searching tests man could devise and machine could execute." andlt;iandgt; -- Timeandlt;/iandgt;
The heroic story of the Mercury Seven, the pioneer astronauts who risked their lives for America's first manned space voyages.
Told in their own words, this book offers the heroic story of the Mercury Seven, the pioneer astronauts who risked their lives for America's first manned space voyages.
and#8226; Published for the fiftieth anniversary of the Mercury program: Project Mercury ran from 1959 through 1963, put the first American in space, and defined NASAand#8217;s manned space flights to come, from Gemini through Apollo. In andlt;Iandgt;We Sevenandlt;/Iandgt;, first published in 1962, the astronauts take readers behind the scenes of this pioneering programand#8212;even into the space capsules themselves. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; Fascinating firsthand accounts: The astronauts describe the exhilarating launches, hair-raising challenges, and incredible successes of Project Mercuryand#8212;from breaking through the earthand#8217;s atmosphere to panicking when a hatch blows. But Project Mercury was more than the heroism of individual missions. In andlt;Iandgt;We Sevenandlt;/Iandgt;, Americaand#8217;s original astronauts share with usand#8212;as only they canand#8212;the hopes and dreams of the U.S. at the dawn of a new era.
About the Author
As part of the Mercury Seven, M. Scott Carpenter became one of America's first astronauts.As part of the Mercury Seven, Gordon L. Cooper became one of America's first astronauts.As part of the Mercury Seven, John H. Glenn became one of America's first astronauts.