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Lost Spacecraft: The Search for Liberty Bell 7: Apogee Books Space Series 28 Hardcover – October 1, 2002
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I usually wind up with a list of technical and/or historical errors whenever I read space history books, but I only noticed a few typos in "Lost Spacecraft".
For someone who was not personally involved in Mercury, Mr. Newport certainly did an excellent job of describing how all the capsule systems worked.
I especially enjoyed the photos, most of which I had never seen before.
This book is worth 10 stars.
On a personal note, when I was six years old in 1961 and living in St. Louis County, just a few miles from where this Mercury spacecraft was built, I remember my father coming home from work (he worked at McDonnell Aircraft as an engineer and perhaps did a bit of work on this very spacecraft) and said "it sank to the bottom of the ocean", referring to the sinking of the Liberty Bell 7 that occurred that day.Read more ›
Newport was uniquely qualified to lead the expedition to recover Liberty Bell 7. He was a pioneer in the developement and operation of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) and an experienced veteran of underwater operations all over the world. His fascination with the mystery concerning the lost space capsule led to 14 years of research into the flight, probable location, condition and possible methods of recovery.
The highlight of the book is the detailed description of the search for Liberty Bell 7, and its subsequent recovery from a depth of nearly 3 miles. The narrative reads more like pulp fiction than a factual rendering of events, with moments of elation followed by despair and ultimate victory. This is a must read for space and underwater exploration buffs alike. I only wish that the team had been given the opportunity to recover the hatch cover, surely, one of the targets in the vicinity of the capsule, and a key element in resolving the mystery and controversy concerning the premature hatch release.
It is a must read for those interested in deep sea recovery operations or in Gus' MR-4, Liberty Bell-7 flight.
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EXCELLENT a companion piece to in search of liberty bell 7Published on August 4, 2014 by Jay Swinbourne
Excellent read for anyone interested in the early manned space program. Extremely well-researched by the author and answered many questions I had about Gus Grissom and his initial... Read morePublished on August 31, 2011 by Joe