- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Simon and Schuster; 1st edition (1962)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000KBJQKE
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,010,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We Seven by the Astronauts Themselves Hardcover – 1962
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What it does show is all the hope and naiveté of the time and the men involved, the mind set of the military and NASA then and all the hope and pride that went with it. It is indeed interesting to read again or for the first time. There is much emphasis on John Glenn, he seems to give longer and more detailed interviews. That is also what is fascinating about this account, it is the astronaut's words themselves; although one should be aware if you cannot tell that these are the public interviews. There is none of the gossip of private lives or complaints of operational conditions. Even the stories of failures, Gus Grissom's loss of his space capsule is dealt with as a disappointing accident as it was presented at the time: "at least we did not hide information like the Russians did concerning their space program".
Each of the seven tell of how they were chosen, how they worked together and were a team that brought America into space. These men, both the astronauts themselves and the NASA technicians that launched them are passing out of our lives. Only two of the original seven are left John Glenn and Scott Carpenter. (Oct. 2013...and now there is 1 ...Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a page-turner but interesting to one who lived through the era.Published 1 month ago by Louise Gilbreath
I really enjoyed reading about the Astronauts' personal accounts of their first foray into the new space program. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A nice compendium of stories. Some more interesting than others.Published 4 months ago by Greg Benz
Curious to know about the original 7 astronauts. Pretty revealing. You will enjoy the read.Published 9 months ago by S. Miller
this is a fantastic overview of a fascinating chapter of history - written by each of the Original 7 it really gives an insiders look into the early days of the space programPublished 11 months ago by amyrmaid