By Richard S Lewis
In Appointment at the Moon, Richard S. Lewis strains the tale of America's enterprise in area from its beginnings presently after global battle II, throughout the Mercury and Gemini initiatives, and directly to the Apollo eleven flight which lifted guy out of his terrestrial domestic and set him at the highway to the celebs. [from front topic]
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The Army had a long-range missile in mind, one that would travel 1500 to 2500 miles. In order to reach those distances, the warhead had to be lobbed on a high trajectory that would take it out of the atmosphere and plunge it back in again at nearly four miles a second. Diu-ing reentry into the atmosphere at such a speed, atmospheric friction would heat the warhead to 3500 degreed Fahrenheit. Unless some means was found to protect it from the high heat, the missile would disthe integrate aloft. C was an off-the-shelf product, and to a number of looked as though it had been designed on a tablecloth during lunch hour.
It was the top brass that perpetuated rivalry and disrupted cooperative and economical development of rocket technology. Had the joint satellite project been pursued, the history of the United States in the last twenty years might have been quite different. Americans might have been on the moon At least, the disastrous Sputnik, which marked the beginning of the in the first half of this decade. consequences of THE WORLD CIRCLING SPACESHIP / 29 American prestige in Europe^ would have been averted.
Fortune, chief of ONR. " » demonstration of interservice cooperation was also destined to collapse. 4 miles on May 24, 1954, into a satellite launcher. The launch vehicle had been used only for ballistic probes. New interest in satellites as scientific instruments was generated early in 1954 by the prospect of an International Geophysical Year (IGY), to be held in 1957-58. The geophysicist S. Fred Jinger, then at Johns Hopkins University, had set the stage for consideration of a satellite in the IGY at the Fourth International Congress on Astronautics in Zurich in 1953.