The nineteen

  • David J. Shayler
  • Colin Burgess
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Mindful of that instruction from Slayton, at the end of the selection process the Group 5 selection board convened to review the finalists. By March 1966, the list of candidates had narrowed to 35 and was then further reduced to 19. Deke Slayton, the head of the selection panel, looked through the list and then made a considered decision – he would take the lot. He had determined that they would be needed to fulfil NASA’s long term goals at that time, because of plans for ongoing lunar and Earth-orbiting missions. But he knew, deep down, that cuts in funding and delays to hardware meant that none of them would fly for some time, perhaps many years, and some might not get the chance to fly at all; an instinct which proved prophetic.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. Shayler
    • 1
  • Colin Burgess
    • 2
  1. 1.Astronautical HistorianAstro Info Service LtdHalesowenUK
  2. 2.BangorAustralia

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