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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439181039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439181034
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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." -- Time

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As part of the Mercury Seven, M. Scott Carpenter became one of America's first astronauts.

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It was a time of great unknowns.
Thomas Erickson
It was standing a long time untouched on my bookshelf but one day I took it out and started reading it.
Ulrich
As an avid follower of the American space program, I devoured this book when I was young.
Charles Ashbacher

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ulrich on August 6, 2004
I got this book from my dad, and he got it when it was first edited (the German version) in 1962. It was standing a long time untouched on my bookshelf but one day I took it out and started reading it. From the first moment I was fascinated. I think its the way the book is set up: Every different chapter is written by another astronaut of the mercury program. It gives a very good description of the mercury program, free worlds first manned step into space. But there is more: The astronauts not only describe the program, there is also a lot of information about the in-betweens, the personal relationships and characters of the seven. When you read the book you realy can feel the spirit and the atmosphere of that time. When I had the chance to visit the National Air and Space Museum I stayed there a whole day and at least 3 hours I used to inspect the two shown Mercury-capsules in the entrance. It was one of the most fascinating moments because when I looked at the space vehicles I always remembered things from the book.

This book has become a family heritage for me and when I will have children of my own one day I will of course give the book to them - to let them smell the spirit of these seven pioneers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Erickson on August 13, 2010
I've read almost all the astronaut books. When I was a small boy the original 7 Mercury astronauts were my heroes.

This book is of great historical significance. Written in 1962 with stories by the actual astronauts themselves. Remember everything known about manned space was new then. Many scientists a decade before did not believe man could survive in space. Many believed the astronauts eyes would pull out or blindness would occur because of high Gs. Many believed the astronauts blood would boil because of changes in pressure or radiation would cook their insides. It was a time of great unknowns. These were the first Americans to go into space. Remember that many of the earlier Redstone and Atlas boosters exploded. These men were basically strapped in on top of a possible exploding bomb. They were ex test pilots and knew the risks. Such courage.

The new NASA handpicked these 7 men from many military test pilots. Due to spacecraft size restrictions the seven could be no taller than 5 ft 11 inches and weigh less than 180 pounds. Many difficult, strenuous and demeaning physical and mental tests were given to select the best of the best. NASA wanted level headed, courageous test pilots with engineering or equivalent college backgrounds for direct input on spacecraft features/design as well as the best possible pilots with lots of flying experience and being level headed in case of emergencies.

All 7 men... M Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper, John H. Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter M. Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton were all very competitive and wanted to be the first American in space. Alan Shepard was the first American in space. While "Deke" Donald Slayton was the last of the seven to go into space.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Magness on December 12, 2003
I purchased the paperback version of this best-seller when I was eleven years old and read it so much that it fell apart! There have been more recent and certainly more revealing books written by and about the original seven American astronauts and those they worked with, both in and out of the space program. Yet this book, written at the time of the Mercury orbital flights, takes you right inside the Mercury capsule (yes, it was a capsule then) and makes you feel as if you were riding in space with the Astronauts, or training alongside them, whether it be in a simulator in their training headquarters, in a classroom learning cutting-edge (then) astrophysics, in a survival course on the desert or in the jungle, or on a trip to a meeting with the contractors who built the hardware for the space program. Each astronaut reveals his motivation for joining the space program and his idea of how to go about his assignments; this alone disproves the notion that these men were all white male military test-pilot "peas in a pod". It's as if they were guests in your living room. With all due respect to Tom Wolfe, this is where you find the real "right stuff!"
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
As an avid follower of the American space program, I devoured this book when I was young. The seven original Mercury astronauts:

*) Alan Shepard Jr.
*) Walter Schirra Jr.
*) Donald Slayton
*) M. Scott Carpenter
*) John Glenn Jr.
*) Virgil Grissom
*) L. Gordon Cooper Jr.

were all heroes, both nationally and to me. Given the authors and the times, this book is a much-sanitized version of the actual events, yet it describes their lives and how hard they trained for their missions. See the movie "The Right Stuff" for a more realistic description of how things were.
It is split into sections, where each astronaut individually wrote the section and the level of detail will turn off those seeking pure adventure stories. The space program was extremely technical and it is impossible to create an accurate description of the training regimen and mission without using some technical detail. Even after over 40 years have passed, this is still a book that will thrill space enthusiasts.
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