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Live from Cape Canaveral: Covering the Space Race, from Sputnik to Today

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!