Countdown - The Story of Cape Canaveral by William Roy Shelton

By William Roy Shelton

Cape Canaveral used to be the emblem of our country's access into the distance age. This booklet tells the pre astronaut tale of this ancient release pad. The illustrations are good performed and actually complement the textual content.

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Prepare for a dependable water supply, 24-inch were pipes and parked on the single cause- over the Indian and Banana To with their slept laid few house-hunting workers a AlA, out on the shoulders of highway slept for a time in the sections of water pipe, using piles of newspapers for mattresses. One morning I approached one such worker was crawling out of his home if we "Look, bub," he replied after a no. " Gradually the both at the And first said. "Do over carefully. moment, "the answer proud of sleeping in this he walked away.

It Navaho, Frequently system was aided by ground controls which turned the brought Cape was back to the Cape skid missile strip to around and land on its metal skids like a wing-heavy aircraft showering Sometimes the same sparks. more flights. One of the missile flew on two or most publicized of all Snarks was the famous runaway which, seemingly with a mind of its own, wandered fied the frantic buttons pressed to oflF blow course, deoif its wing, 57 Snark EARLY DAYS AT THE CAPE and stubbornly plowed over South America, pre- sumably to crash unseen somewhere in the Brazilian jungle.

That Patrick Air Force Base the most Or would become one of modern and complete technical installations in the nation? Some of the problems facing the committee were staggering. One of the chief reasons for selecting Cape Canaveral in the first place was the chain of islands Bahamas stretching almost in a line through the to the Lesser Antilles off the coast of South America. But some of these islands were British and some were independent republics. Just to get permission to put missile tracking stations there required detailed nego- with three separate governments.

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