Amazing Stories of the Space Age: True Tales of Nazis in by Rod Pyle

By Rod Pyle

Award-winning technological know-how author and documentarian Rod Pyle provides an insider's viewpoint at the most original and peculiar house missions ever devised in and out of NASA. The great tasks defined the following weren't basically flights of fancy dreamed up via house fanatics, yet genuine missions deliberate by way of prime aeronautical engineers. a few have been designed yet now not outfitted; others have been equipped yet no longer flown; and some have been flown to failure yet little reported:

A titanic rocket that will use atomic bombs as propulsion (never brain the fallout), army bases at the moon that may aim enemies on the earth with nuclear guns, a scheme to spray-paint the lenses of Soviet undercover agent satellites in house, the rushed Soyuz 1 spacecraft that ended with the demise of its pilot, the near-disaster of the Apollo eleven moon touchdown, the mysterious Russian area commute that flew just once and used to be then scrapped--these are only many of the unimaginable stories that Pyle has present in as soon as top-secret files in addition to debts that have been easily misplaced for plenty of decades.

These tales, complimented by way of many rarely-seen images and illustrations, inform of a time while not anything used to be too off-the-wall to be taken heavily, and the race to the moon and the possibility from the Soviet Union trumped all different issues. Readers may be interested, amused, and infrequently chilled.

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Mind you, he was no scientific slouch—Lowell held a degree in mathematics from Harvard. But his passions for Mars, and the possibility of intelligent beings inhabiting the planet, drove his thinking, and it was in this frame of mind that he inaugurated his new observatory. Optical observations were the best tool available for researching the Martian environment, and his new 24-inch telescope was one of the best available (the only alternatives to examination by the eye were limited telescopic photography and the spectrograph, an instrument that breaks up light into individual chemical “lines,” allowing the examination of specific chemical elements in the atmosphere of the object being observed).

In fact, the Soviets never sent a cosmonaut beyond Earth orbit. 19 In the end, their ability to build a lunar base to threaten US interests on the moon was nil, less likely even than a successful execution of Horizon. President Eisenhower, Kennedy's predecessor, was never keen on the military dominating American space efforts, much to the surprise of some. He insisted on the formation of a civilian space agency, and NASA was founded in July 1958. Von Braun and his team were absorbed into NASA. The US Army would continue to fight ground wars for its country, and NASA would ultimately win the Cold War in space, with those first tentative steps on the moon on July 20, 1969.

Then, in 1949, the balance tipped. Through intensive espionage efforts dating back to the war, the Soviet Union managed to obtain American experimental data on atomic fission and atom bomb designs. In August of that year, the first Soviet A-bomb test shocked Western governments and resulted in an immense boost of the USSR's military prestige. Besides a massive postwar conventional military machine, the Soviets now had atomic weapons as well. The Cold War had begun—the longest peaceful standoff of antagonistic world powers in history, each of which would soon have the technology to virtually annihilate the other within hours.

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