We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race

We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race

Tom Stafford, Michael Cassutt

What an awesome occupation. Tom Stafford attained the top pace ever reached by way of a attempt pilot (28,547 mph), carried a cosmonaut’s coffin with Soviet Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, led the staff that designed the series of missions resulting in the unique lunar touchdown, and drafted the unique standards for the B-2 stealth bomber on a section of inn stationery. yet his crowning success was once absolutely his function as America’s unofficial house ambassador to the Soviet Union in the course of the darkest days of the chilly War.

In this full of life memoir written with Michael Cassutt, Stafford starts off by means of recounting his early successes as a attempt pilot, Gemini and Apollo astronaut, and USAF common. As President Nixon's stand-in on the 1971 Soviet funeral for 3 cosmonauts, he opened the door to the potential for cooperation in area among Russians and americans. Stafford's Apollo-Soyuz staff used to be the 1st crew of american citizens to paintings on the cosmonaut education heart, and likewise the 1st to go to Baikonur, the top-secret Soviet release middle, in 1974. His 17 July 1975 “handshake in space” with Soviet commander Alexei Leonov (who grew to become a lifelong good friend) proved to the realm that the 2 opposing international locations may perhaps certainly paintings effectively together.

Stafford has persevered during this management position correct as much as the current, engaging in designing and comparing the distance go back and forth, Mir, and the overseas area Station. he's really an American hero who personifies the broadest spirit of exploration and cooperation.

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