Deke ! U.S. Manned Space From Mercury To the Shuttle

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Macmillan, Jun 15, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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Deke Slayton was one of the first seven Mercury astronauts--and he might have been the first American in space. Instead, he became the first chief of American Astronaut Corps. It was Deke Slayton who selected the crews who flew the Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab missions. It was Deke Slayton who made Neil Armstrong the first man on the moon.

Deke! is Deke Slayton's' story--told in his own words and in the voices of the men and women who worked with him and knew him best. Deke Slayton's knowledge of how the .S. manned space program worked is the missing piece of every space buff's puzzle. Now, after decades of silence, he tells his priceless stories of those years when American was engaged in the greatest voyage of exploration in human history.



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For 20 years Slayton, one of the original Mercury astronauts, ran the Astronaut Office at the Manned Spacecraft (later Johnson) Space Center in Houston, a position he assumed after being pulled off ... Read full review

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Contents

1 BEGINNINGS
9
2 FLYING
18
3 COMBAT
25
4 THE PACIFIC
33
5 COLLEGE
40
6 BOEING
45
7 AIR FORCE
52
8 TEST PILOT
55
17 OPERATIONAL
165
18 FIRE
185
19 APOLLO
196
20 THE MOON
207
21 STEPS
225
22 LANDING
233
23 CHANGES
247
24 RETURN TO FLIGHT
264

9 PROJECT ASTRONAUT
67
10 MERCURY
75
11 FIRST IN SPACE
87
12 DELTA SEVEN
106
13 CHIEF ASTRONAUT
115
14 FLIGHT CREW OPERATIONS
123
15 DELAYS
141
16 GEMINI
148
25 APOLLOSOYUZ
282
26 ORBIT
298
27 SHUTTLE
306
28 RACING
323
29 SPACE SERVICES
328
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
343
INDEX
344
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Deke Slayton was one of the first seven Mercury astronauts--and he might have been the first American in space. Instead, he became the first chief of American Astronaut Corps. It was Deke Slayton who selected the crews who flew the Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab missions. It was Deke Slayton who made Neil Armstrong the first man on the moon.

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