A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey
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A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey

1957 - The Space Race Begins

Michael D'Antonio

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A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey

1957 - The Space Race Begins

Michael D'Antonio

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A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey tells the remarkable story of America's first efforts to succeed in space, a time of exploding rockets, national space mania, Florida boomtowns, and interservice rivalries so fierce that President Dwight Eisenhower had to referee them. When the Soviet Union launched the first orbital satellite, Sputnik I, Americans panicked. The Soviets had nuclear weapons, the Cold War was underway, and now the USSR had taken the lead in the space race. Members of Congress and the press called for an all-out effort to launch a satellite into orbit. With dire warnings about national security in the news almost every day, the armed services saw space as the new military frontier. But President Eisenhower insisted that the space effort, which relied on military technology, be supervised by civilians so that the space race would be peaceful. The Navy's Vanguard program flopped, and the Army, led by ex-Nazi rocket scientist Wernher von Braun and a martinet general named J. Bruce Medaris (whom Eisenhower disliked), took over. Meanwhile, the Soviets put a dog inside the next Sputnik, and Americans grew more worried as the first animal in space whirled around the Earth. Throughout 1958 America went space crazy. UFO sightings spiked. Boys from Brooklyn to Burbank shot model rockets into the air. Space-themed beauty pageants became a national phenomenon. The news media flocked to the launchpads on the swampy Florida coast, and reporters reinvented themselves as space correspondents. And finally the Army's rocket program succeeded. Determined not to be outdone by the Russians, America's space scientists launched the first primate into space, a small monkey they nicknamed Old Reliable for his calm demeanor. And then at Christmastime, Eisenhower authorized the launch of a secret satellite with a surprise aboard. A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey memorably recalls the infancy of the space race, a time when new technologies brought ominous danger but also gave us the ability to realize our dreams and reach for the stars.

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Year
2007
ISBN
9781416568346

INDEX

ABC
AC Spark Plug
Adams, Sherman
Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA)
SCORE project and
Aeroballistics and Guidance Control Center
Aerobee rocket
Aeromedical Research Laboratory
Air Defense Missile Command
Air Force,
Air Force, U.S.
black bears experiment of
Blue Book Project of
manned flight and
MISS proposal of
moon shot by
Security Service Operations Center of
UFO phenomenon and
Air Force Association
Albert I (monkey)
Albert II (monkey)
Albert III (monkey)
Albina (experimental dog)
Alsop, Joseph
Alsop, Stewart
“American Idealism in Action,”
American Rocket Research Society
Antarctica
Antigua
Apollo-Soyuz
Apt, Milburn
Argus, exercise
Argus, project
Explorer IV and
Arkansas City Technological Organization of Rocketry and Aero Ballistics
Armbrust, David
Armed Forces Radio
Armstrong, Neil
Army, U.S.
NASA’s bureaucratic conflict with
satellite program of
youth intern project of
Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA)
Army Corps of Engineers
Army Signal Corps
Army Transportation Corps
Ascension Island
Associated Press
Astronautics
astronauts
Atlas Agenda missile
Atlas rocket
Big Annie
New York Times on success of
10-B model of
Atomic Energy Commission
atomic weapons
disaster novels of
Australia
Aviation Week
B-47 bomber
B-52 bomber
Bahamas
Baltimore Sun,
Barbree, Jay
later care...

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D’Antonio, M. (2007) A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey. [edition unavailable]. Simon & Schuster. Available at: https://www.perlego.com/book/780237/a-ball-a-dog-and-a-monkey-1957-the-space-race-begins-pdf (Accessed: 14 October 2022).
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D’Antonio, Michael. A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey. [edition unavailable]. Simon & Schuster, 2007. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.