Appointment on the Moon: The full story of Americans in by Richard S Lewis

By Richard S Lewis

In Appointment at the Moon, Richard S. Lewis strains the tale of America's enterprise in house from its beginnings presently after global warfare II, in the course of the Mercury and Gemini initiatives, and directly to the Apollo eleven flight which lifted guy out of his terrestrial domestic and set him at the highway to the celebrities. [from front topic]

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In September 1948, the Research and Development Board's Committee on Guided Missiles approved an THE WORLD CIRCLING SPACESHIP Army project called "Hermes** / 33 which was created to continue on a bargain-basement level. " Suddenly the lid was lifted. In his first annual report in 1948, none other than Defense Secretary James E. Forrestal missile development let the satellite yearnings of the military out of the bag. The program which was service was military each being carried out independently by Committee on Guided Missiles for assigned to the coordination.

Night after night, experts such as Ernst Geissler, the team's aerodynamics expert, put in hours of time solving the new problems posed by multistage rockets. In November 1955, the Defense Department decided to have the Army develop an intermediate-range ballistic mis- their own for land or ship launching, complementary to the Thor IRBM which the Air Force was developing. The 1500- to 2500-mile rocket was designated as the Jupiter IRBM. is frequently confused with the Jupiter IRBM, Jupiter sile C THE WORLD CIRCLING SPACESfflP / 45 and this was intentional.

He had insisted that guidance posed an insurmountable problem which made the whole rocket scheme a wild one. The historian for the Air Force Systems EHvision, Robert L. " 2 The relaxed mood of the country would not support such an outlay. Work on aerod3rnamic missiles was continued by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory group at the California Institute of Technology with Army Ordnance funds. One of the most successful missiles the group had developed was the Wac Corporal, which had been fired to an altitude of 235,000 feet from White Sands on October 11, 1945.

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