NASAs Project Mercury: An Illustrated Chronology James M. Grimwood

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Published: February 12th 2013

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NASAs Project Mercury: An Illustrated Chronology  by  James M. Grimwood

NASAs Project Mercury: An Illustrated Chronology by James M. Grimwood
February 12th 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 392 pages | ISBN: | 3.17 Mb

Project Mercury is history. In its short span of four years, eight months, and one week as the Nations first manned space flight program, Mercury earned a unique place in the annals of science and technology. The culmination of decades ofMoreProject Mercury is history. In its short span of four years, eight months, and one week as the Nations first manned space flight program, Mercury earned a unique place in the annals of science and technology.

The culmination of decades of investigation and application of aerodynamics, rocket propulsion, celestial mechanics, aerospace medicine, and electronics, Project Mercury took man beyond the atmosphere into space orbit. It confirmed the potential for mans mobility in his universe. Projects Gemini and Apollo demonstrated that potential.Project Mercury was not only a step in the history of flight technology, it was a major step in national commitment to space research and exploration and to mans struggle to fly. One has only to contrast it with the Wright Brothers achievements, when two meticulous men, with a bicycle shop, a handmade wind tunnel, determination and industriousness, and little financial means or support, accomplished controlled, powered flight.

The austere contrast of the Wrights or of Professor Goddards rocket work with todays Government-sponsored, highly complex space program, involving thousands of persons and hundreds of Federal, industrial, and university activities, is eloquent testimony to the new prominence of science and technology in our daily lives.

The evolution and achievements of Project Mercury offer an outstanding example of a truly national effort in the advancement of knowledge and its application.The Project Mercury story must be examined in the full context of its fundamental features - scientific, engineering, managerial - in the dynamic human environment of national and international life.

Indeed, the national commitment to Project Mercury and its successors requires a valid perspective on the potential accomplishments of science and technology as well as on the response of a democratic society to the challenges of its day.Project Mercury stands as the free worlds first program for manned exploration of space.

History will show that it has been remarkably successful for a number of reasons. Primarily, all of the technical objectives necessary to the successful completion of the program were accomplished. Also, Mercury experience has provided this nation with the capability to implement and manage future projects on a level of quality and effectiveness that would otherwise have been impossible. Possibly of greater significance is the fact that Project Mercury was conceived and carried out solely for peaceful purposes, and all major events have been fully documented in the public news media, including television coverage of each manned launch from Cape Canaveral.It is remarkable that the original goal of Mercury, that of orbiting a man in space and returning him safely to earth, was accomplished in just 3 years after the prime contract was awarded.

This element of the programs success is especially significant when compared to development efforts for more conventional manned aircraft in which development and qualification periods of 5 or more years are not uncommon. The rapid pace with which the critical program milestones were completed was possible only through the dedicated efforts of many thousands of people. Because of the success in meeting prescribed technical objectives and the reliable operation of the spacecraft and launch vehicle systems it was possible to eliminate certain qualification flights early in the program and broaden the original scope of Mercury into the recent and final manned 1-day mission of 22 orbits or 34 hours duration.

The valuable experience gained in the design, development, and operation of the Mercury spacecraft, as well as in management of such a program, resulted in a profound effect on the Gemini and Apollo projects and will continue to do so to an even greater extent.291 pages. Over 90 photos and illustrations. Contents hyperlinked for easy navigation.



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