By Rod Pyle

Award-winning technology author and documentarian Rod Pyle provides an insider's viewpoint at the most unique and weird area missions ever devised in and out of NASA. The excellent tasks defined the following weren't in simple terms flights of fancy dreamed up by means of area fans, yet genuine missions deliberate by way of major aeronautical engineers. a few have been designed yet no longer outfitted; others have been outfitted yet no longer flown; and some have been flown to failure yet little reported:

A substantial rocket that will use atomic bombs as propulsion (never brain the fallout), army bases at the moon that may goal enemies in the world with nuclear guns, a scheme to spray-paint the lenses of Soviet secret agent satellites in house, the rushed Soyuz 1 spacecraft that ended with the loss of life of its pilot, the near-disaster of the Apollo eleven moon touchdown, the mysterious Russian area go back and forth that flew just once and was once then scrapped--these are only many of the incredible stories that Pyle has present in as soon as top-secret files in addition to bills that have been easily misplaced for lots of decades.

These tales, complimented through many rarely-seen images and illustrations, inform of a time whilst not anything was once too off-the-wall to be taken heavily, and the race to the moon and the chance from the Soviet Union trumped all different concerns. Readers may be involved, amused, and occasionally chilled.

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