“In his career as an astronaut, Thomas Stafford saw it all: Gene Cernan’s fogged up pressure helmet, the mountains of the moon oh-so-close, a Soviet handshake in orbit. Stafford was truly one of those few who stood on the shoulders of giants and made history.”—Tom Hanks
“As American flight commander of the first ever rendezvous-in-space with the Soviets, Tom Stafford started raising the Iron Curtain. A great talent, a great career—and still involved!”—Senator John Glenn
“An intimate portrayal of space policy, especially its sometimes cantankerous, sometimes tranquil, but always interesting interactions between USA and USSR.”—Roger D. Launius, NASA Chief Historian
About the Author
Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford
(Ret.) has been awarded many honors, including two Distinguished Service Medals and two Exceptional Service Medals from NASA, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. He lives in Florida.Michael Cassutt
has written many books, including DEKE! US Manned Space: From Mercury to the Shuttle
(with Donald K. “Deke” Slayton). He lives in Studio City, California.