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Author Teitel, Amy Shira, author.

Title Breaking the chains of gravity : the story of spaceflight before NASA / Amy Shira Teitel.

Publication Info. New York : Bloomsbury Sigma, 2016.

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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  629.4 TEITEL    Check Shelf
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Non Fiction  629.4 TEITEL    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  629.4097 TEITEL    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  629.4097 TEI    Check Shelf
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  629.4 TEITEL    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  629.4097 TEITEL    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  629.47 TEI    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  629.4 TEI    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  629.40973 TEITEL    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  629.41 TEI    Check Shelf

Description 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [277]-296) and index.
Contents Hobby rocketeers -- The rocket loophole -- The turning tide of war -- Escape and surrender -- Nazi rockets in New Mexico -- Rockets meet airplanes -- A new war, a new missile, and a new leader -- Higher and faster -- Edging into hypersonics -- The floating astronaut -- Space becomes an option -- The first satellite race -- One little ball's big impact -- The fight to control space -- Epilogue : America finds its footing in space -- Glossary of people -- Glossary of places and organizations -- Glossary of rockets.
Summary A history of pre-NASA spaceflight describes how America's space agency drew some of the world's leading minds, discussing such subjects as Wernher von Braun's Jupiter rocket, the cutting-edge aircraft flown by NACA test pilot Neil Armstrong and the rivalries between the various arms of the U.S. military.
NASA's history is a familiar story, one that typically peaks with Neil Armstrong taking his small step on the Moon in 1969. But America's space agency wasn't created in a vacuum. It was assembled from pre-existing parts, drawing together some of the best minds the non-Soviet world had to offer. In the 1930s, rockets were all the rage in Germany, the focus both of scientists hoping to fly into space and of the German armed forces, looking to circumvent the restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles. One of the key figures in this period was Wernher von Braun, an engineer who designed the rockets that became the devastating V-2. As the war came to its chaotic conclusion, von Braun escaped from the ruins of Nazi Germany, and was taken to America where he began developing missiles for the US Army. Meanwhile, the US Air Force was looking ahead to a time when men would fly in space, and test pilots like Neil Armstrong were flying cutting-edge, rocket-powered aircraft in the thin upper atmosphere. Breaking the Chains of Gravity tells the story of America's nascent space program, its scientific advances, its personalities and the rivalries it caused between the various arms of the US military. At this point getting a man in space became a national imperative, leading to the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, otherwise known as NASA.
Subject Aeronautics -- Research -- United States -- History.
Astronautics -- Research -- United States -- History.
Aeronautics and state -- United States -- History.
Aeronautics and state -- Germany -- History.
Space race.
United States. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- History.
Rocketry -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- History.
Added Title Story of spaceflight before NASA
Story of spaceflight before National Aeronautics and Space Administration
ISBN 9781472911179 (hardcover)
1472911172 (hardcover)
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