We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race

We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race

by Thomas P. Stafford, Michael Cassutt
     
 

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What an amazing career. Tom Stafford attained the highest speed ever reached by a test pilot (28,547 mph), carried a cosmonaut’s coffin with Soviet Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, led the team that designed the sequence of missions leading to the original lunar landing, and drafted the original specifications for the B-2 stealth bomber on a piece of hotel stationery.

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What an amazing career. Tom Stafford attained the highest speed ever reached by a test pilot (28,547 mph), carried a cosmonaut’s coffin with Soviet Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, led the team that designed the sequence of missions leading to the original lunar landing, and drafted the original specifications for the B-2 stealth bomber on a piece of hotel stationery. But his crowning achievement was surely his role as America’s unofficial space ambassador to the Soviet Union during the darkest days of the Cold War.

In this lively memoir written with Michael Cassutt, Stafford begins by recounting his early successes as a test pilot, Gemini and Apollo astronaut, and USAF general. As President Nixon's stand-in at the 1971 Soviet funeral for three cosmonauts, he opened the door to the possibility of cooperation in space between Russians and Americans. Stafford's Apollo-Soyuz team was the first group of Americans to work at the cosmonaut training center, and also the first to visit Baikonur, the top-secret Soviet launch center, in 1974. His 17 July 1975 “handshake in space” with Soviet commander Alexei Leonov (who became a lifelong friend) proved to the world that the two opposing countries could indeed work successfully together.

Stafford has continued in this leadership role right up to the present, participating in designing and evaluating the Space Shuttle, Mir, and the International Space Station. He is truly an American hero who personifies the broadest spirit of exploration and cooperation.

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Test pilot Stafford provides insight into space policy and his role in promoting exploration and cooperation between Russia and the U.S. His memoir starts with his early successes as a test pilot, astronaut and USAF general, and includes his unofficial role as America's space ambassador to the Soviet Union during the Cold War as well as his present activities which include designing and evaluating the space shuttle, Mir, and the international space station. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588344359
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
01/14/2014
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
302
Sales rank:
342,458
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford (Ret.) has been awarded many honors, including two Distinguished Service Medals and two Exceptional Service Medals from NASA, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. He lives in Florida.

Michael Cassutt has written many books, including DEKE! US Manned Space: From Mercury to the Shuttle (with Donald K. “Deke” Slayton). He lives in Studio City, California.

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