The astronaut sits in the driver’s seat

  • Umberto Cavallaro
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


The Mercury program had achieved all that was asked of it. It was a fast-track project, a makeshift solution intended to catch up with the Soviets, but the successful conclusion of the program helped the Americans to regain confidence. Now that they knew that man was able to survive in space and, if required, could manage emergencies, the Americans began to feel that they could compete and set themselves a precise goal: to beat the Soviets and arrive at the Moon before them. Having chosen the LOR solution, the path had been charted. What was required next was to develop and test a rocket powerful enough and to build a steerable spacecraft.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Umberto Cavallaro
    • 1
  1. 1.Italian Astrophilately SocietyVillarbasseItaly

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