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cspg
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posted 08-18-2017 04:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gemini Flies! Unmanned Flights and the First Manned Mission
by Dave Shayler
This book explains how the testing program of the next-stage space exploration mission was completed. In this pre-Apollo stage, the vehicle's ability to move in space was demonstrated, and the dawn of a new era of operational activities in Earth orbit commenced. When Gemini 3 became the first manned flight of the highly successful series of ten missions the spring of 1965, it paved the way for Apollo to reach the Moon later in the decade. Tasked with addressing key objectives and challenges in order to gain experience and knowledge from living and working in space, as opposed to just surviving the ride, Gemini also afforded NASA with the skills that remain relevant 50 years later, on time launches, rendezvous and docking, EVA, long duration flight, and completing the flight with a safe and accurate recovery.

Often in the shadow of its famous pioneering predecessor Mercury, or lost in the glory of Apollo, the two man Gemini flights provided the vital link between proving humans could survive in space for a few hours and being able to accomplish useful work during missions of up to two weeks. Building upon the success of Project Mercury, Gemini 3 provided the first step in a program that gave NASA the confidence that America could reach the Moon with Apollo by the end of the decade. The Gemini 3 flight also saw the appearance of the first member of NASA's second class of astronauts, a selection that has been said to have been the best group ever chosen by the space agency, some of whom participated not only in the Gemini program but also during the Apollo era.

This book continues the Pioneers in Early Spaceflight series to examine each flight in the Mercury and Gemini series. Despite the challenges, Gemini 4 and its two-man crew undertook a huge gamble, and one which fortunately paid off. The mission was also the first time the mission control center at the Manned Spacecraft Center, near Houston, Texas, was utilized for monitoring the mission, commencing a tradition that continues today with the International Space Station program.

  • Paperback
  • Springer; January 28, 2018
  • ISBN-10: 3319681419
  • ISBN-13: 978-3319681412

Dave Shayler
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posted 08-24-2017 03:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Shayler   Click Here to Email Dave Shayler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is a pleasure to continue the story of early American human spaceflight for Springer begun by Colin Burgess in his excellent series of Mercury titles. Indeed Colin has generously provided a Foreword for this book to begin the Gemini series.

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posted 08-25-2017 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, great news David! I have your book "Gemini: Steps to the Moon" and am looking forward to the next books in the series following Colin's great previous work.

Dave Shayler
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posted 08-31-2017 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Shayler   Click Here to Email Dave Shayler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for that. It has been fun looking back at these early flights once again but with more scope to work with this time. I look forward to progressing through the series. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do in compiling them.

cspg
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posted 09-26-2017 07:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Title has changed from "Gemini Flies: Unmanned Missions and the Flight of Molly Brown" to "Gemini Flies! Unmanned Flights and the First Manned Mission" (updated above).

Dave Shayler
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posted 10-01-2017 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Shayler   Click Here to Email Dave Shayler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The draft for this title has now been passed to the Editor. Expected publication date is currently January 28, 2018.

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posted 11-02-2017 02:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I placed an order for this book with Amazon. Today I received a mail from them that read -
We regret to inform you that we have been unable to source the following item... Our supplier has informed us that this item is no longer available.
Can anyone advise where to get a copy now?

cspg
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posted 11-02-2017 04:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Strange. I guess you have used Amazon UK. Try to order it through Amazon (US), if it's not too expensive. Or through Springer.

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posted 11-02-2017 05:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have re-ordered through Amazon. Strange that Amazon UK seem unable to deliver this book. Never had this problem before.

Incidentally, the book is still listed on Amazon UK but if you try to order it, it's impossible to place the book in your basket.

PeterO
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posted 11-02-2017 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I ordered mine via Amazon USA on Sept. 25, and it's still showing as an open order, with a publication date of Jan. 28.

Dave Shayler
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posted 11-03-2017 04:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Shayler   Click Here to Email Dave Shayler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry for the confusion via Amazon UK and for the update ("No longer available"?). I do not think so, although it has yet to be published.

According to the latest information from the author (yours truly), the book is still planned for publication early next year. At least Springer and I are planning it to be, as the project is currently going through their editorial then production process.

In addition to the normal lines of purchase, the book will also be available from the AIS website.

In the meantime, while I am working on the Gemini 4 draft, which will be the next book in the series, I will ask Springer to recheck the status of "Gemini Flies" on the UK Amazon site.

nelyubov
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posted 11-03-2017 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nelyubov   Click Here to Email nelyubov     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This happens all the time with Amazon. They will post a book for sale and then withdraw it if a definite release date is in question. It will then pop up again when more info is received from the publisher.

UK will have it, not to worry. This also happens vice versa with the US. An Amazon US book will not be listed whereas a UK listing is.

cspg
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posted 12-13-2017 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Publication pushed back to June 12, 2018, according to both Amazon and Springer.

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