Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mercury, Gemini and Aliens

As a child of the 1950s and 1960s I grew up at the height of The Space Race.

The U.S.A. and The Soviet Union were not only taking part in a Cold War there was also a race to space.

Although The Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite and the first man in space, the United States was determined to conquer space and become the first on the Moon.

Over the span of about ten years the United States expanded its space program, first selecting a special group of astronauts, testing rockets, formulating tests for the astronauts flights into space, testing equipment and developing new technology .

It was an exiting time to be an American.  It seemed like every day the evening news and newspapers were reporting on new daring space feats, astonishing new break-thrus and spotlighting the astronauts, technicians and even their families.

Author Eugene Reichl and Schiffer Publishing present a duo of books that examine the United States the first single astronaut space series: Project Mercury and its follow-up, the two-man space flight: Project Gemini.

Both books delve deeply into the intensive preparations NASA took to prepare for each program: the testing, rigorous astronaut physical and mental conditioning, mission objectives and so forth.

Thrill to the first United States flight into space, the rockets used, the astronauts, objectives, the first space walk and vehicle rendezvous and preparation for the upcoming Moon shot.

Both books are packed with full-color photos, graphs, illustrations, breakdowns of each mission and plenty of behind-the-scenes information.

Talk about outer space and inevitably the subject of aliens will pop up.  Barry Strohm examines the fascination humans have for aliens over the decades. 

In a clever twist of perspective the author has an imaginary conversation with the alien Mou as he recounts the history of the earth from his perspective. 

Unravel the mysteries of the past, visit as yet unexplainable locations and examine unusual events, objects and sightings.

For a truly unique peek at humanity as seen through the eyes of an alien be sure to read: Aliens Among Us.