Live from Cape Canaveral: Covering the Space Race, from Sputnik to Today
Some fifty years ago, while a cub reporter, Jay Barbree caught space fever the night that Sputnikpassed over Georgia. He moved to the then-sleepy village of Cocoa Beach, Florida, right outside Cape Canaveral, and began reporting on rockets that fizzled as often as they soared. In "Live from Cape Canaveral," Barbree—the only reporter who has covered every mission flown by astronauts—offers his unique perspective on the space program. He shares affectionate portraits of astronauts as well as some of his fellow journalists and tells some very funny behind-the-scenes stories—many involving astronaut pranks. Barbree also shows how much the space program and its press coverage have changed over time. Warm and perceptive, he reminds us just how thrilling the great moments of the space race were and why America fell in love with its heroic, sometimes larger-than-life astronauts.
Chapter 1. Sputnik
Chapter 2. The Early Days
Chapter 3. The Astronauts
Chapter 4. First in Space
Chapter 5. John Glenn
Chapter 6. On Orbit
Chapter 7. The Worst of Times
Chapter 8. Gemini
Chapter 9. “I’ve got a fire in the cockpit!”
Chapter 10. A Christmas Moon
Chapter 11. The Secret Side of Space
Chapter 12. Highway to the Moon
Chapter 13. The Landing
Chapter 14. Moon Walk
Chapter 15. The Successful Failure
Chapter 16. On the Moon
Chapter 17. After the Moon
Chapter 18. A Handshake in Space
Chapter 19. Down Home with Jimmy Carter
Chapter 20. The Space Shuttle Era
Chapter 21. Challenger: A Disaster
Chapter 22. What Happened?
Chapter 23. An Eternity of Descent
Chapter 24. Sudden Death
Chapter 25. How High Is Up?
Chapter 26. As the Century Turned
Chapter 27. Columbia: Had They Only Looked
Chapter 28. That’s a Wrap!
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