Friendship 7, 2015
The Epic Orbital Flight of John H. Glenn, Jr.

Space Exploration Series


Language: Anglais
Cover of the book Friendship 7


Chimpanzee Enos in NASA Experiments;Cosmonaut Gherman Titov;First NASA Orbital Flight;John Gleen Career;MA-5 Mission;MA-6 Mission;Manned Spaceflight History;Mercury-Atlas Program;Orbital Chimpanzee Flight;Space Race Vostok-2

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275 p. · 16.8x24 cm · Paperback
Continuing the narrative Burgess began in the preceding books Liberty Bell 7 and Freedom 7, enthusiasts will learn everything there is to know about this important period in the Mercury program in this book.  To launch its first manned orbital mission, NASA had to go back to the drawing board. Engineers used the Atlas rocket in combination with the Mercury spacecraft to enable the successful launch of the first American astronaut into space on an orbital mission. John Glenn was selected to fly the mission, but before his launch a test run was conducted with a chimpanzee named Enos on the precursory MA-5 mission. These flights marked a pivotal point in the U. S. space program.  From the flight training undertaken by John Glenn in preparation to a complete run-down of the flight of Friendship 7, it celebrates the achievements of the engineers involved as well as the later feats of John Glenn's space flight career, augmented by interviews with leading players from the era.
Developing the Mercury-Atlas program.- The orbital flight of chimpanzee Enos.- A Marine on a mission.- Delays, and more delays.- “Godspeed, John Glenn.”.- A drama-filled mission.- A safe splashdown.- Epilogue: Beyond the Mercury program.

Australian author Colin Burgess grew up in Sydney’s southern suburbs. Initially working in the wages department of a major Sydney afternoon newspaper (where he first picked up his writing bug) and as a sales representative for a precious metals company, he subsequently joined Qantas Airways as a passenger handling agent in 1970 and two years later transferred to the airline’s cabin crew. He would retire from Qantas as an onboard Customer Service Manager in 2002, after 32 years’ service. During those flying years several of his books on the Australian prisoner-of-war experience and the first of his biographical books on space explorers such as Australian payload specialist Dr. Paul Scully-Power and Space ShuttleChallenger teacher Christa McAuliffe were published. He has also written extensively on spaceflight subjects for astronomy and space-related magazines in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Unites States.

In 2003 the University of Nebraska Press appointed him series editor for the ongoing Outward Odyssey series of 12 books detailing the entire social history of space exploration and he was involved in co-writing three of these volumes. His first Springer-Praxis book, NASA’s Scientist-Astronauts, co-authored with British space historian David J. Shayler, was released in 2007. Friendship 7 will be his eighth title with Springer-Praxis, for whom he is currently researching further books. He regularly attends astronaut functions in the United States and is well known to many of the pioneering space explorers, allowing him to conduct personal interviews for these books.

Colin and his wife Patricia still live just south of Sydney. They have two grown sons, two grandsons and a granddaughter.

Adds to the 'Pioneers in Early Spaceflight' series of books documenting the history of the Mercury manned missions

Provides the background of John Glenn's selection as a Mercury astronaut and his designation as the first to fly an orbital mission with NASA

Features details on the development of the Mercury-Atlas program and its first test flight with chimpanzee Enos, augmented by first-hand interviews with those involved