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Table of Contents

Part I Introduction.- The Sputnik Reaction.- The President.- The National Security Council.- The Congress.- Department of Defense/Other.- Part II Creating the Space Team.- Creation of the STG.- The AVRO Canadians.- The Astronauts and Aeromedical.- The Need for More People.- Contractors & Representatives.- The STG Organization.- The End of the STG on November 1, 1961.- Summary of Key Project Mercury Decisions/Lessons Learned.- Part III Achievements.- Facilities Created for Project Mercury.- Mission Designs and Concepts.- The Impact of the STG on History.- APPENDICES.- Bibliography.- Credits.- Glossary.- About the Author.- Index.

About the Author

Dutch Von Ehrenfried has worked in both the space flight and aviation fields for about 25 years. He was a NASA Flight Controller in Mission Control for Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Missions and also worked on some of the experiments that went into Skylab from an Earth Resources experiment standpoint. He has also worked in the NASA Headquarters Space Station Program Office for about 10 years and the FAA Aviation Safety Office for a year.


"This work lets one go behind the scenes of the creation of one of the most innovative and awe-inspiring agencies of the American government. ... a reference work that tells a story, as well as a story that can double as a reference work. ... Researchers will enjoy the data, which can be accessed via a well-organized table of contents, a comprehensive index, and multiple appendixes. Any space enthusiast will be intrigued by this work. ... Summing Up: Recommended." (R. I. Saltz, Choice, Vol. 54 (2), October, 2016)

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