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Getting Off the Planet


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Introduction; From the Beginning; Getting Started; Some Glimpses into Early Space Research Projects; The Biosatellite Pioneers; Astronaut Selection and Training -- with Stress, Distress, Zeal and Determination; Acceleration Forces and Stresses: Coping with Gravity; Early Mars Experiments; Microgravity and Weightless Simulations; Atmospheric Pressure Factors; More Glimpses into Early Space Research Projects; All Dressed Up for Space Exploration; So Much for Creature Comforts; Into Space with Mercury, Gemini and Apollo; Exploring the Moon and Returning to Earth; The Shuttle Programs: New Spacecraft, New Missions; Preparing for Sky Lab and Other Space Stations; Meeting the Public; Serendipities Galore!

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Mary Jane Chambers and Dr Randall Chambers


"If you enjoy reading about the background to how the US went into space this is for you." -- Rex Hall, Spaceflight, July 2006.

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