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The Fire That NASA Never Had
by B. Dean Smith   

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Publisher:  PublishAmerica ISBN-10:  142412574X Type: 
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270


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The author describes flying on the Atlantic Missile Range in support of ICBM and missile testing during the cold war, and support of NASA space programs. Author was involved in a test of Gemini space suits. Near the end of the test the author and another pilot experienced a severe 100% oxygen fire which nearly took their lives. The author made some recommendations to NASA. Five years later the Apollo One Capsule experienceda similar fire in which three astronauts: Grissom, White and Chaffee lost their lives. The author asks if they might have survived if NASA had paid attention to his recommendations to a review Board. The book also gives details of the type of physical examination the astronauts have to undergo and describes some of the purposes of various tests.


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