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NASA's First 7 Astronauts Tell Their Story

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NASA's First 7 Astronauts

"The Real Space Cowboys"

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"The Real Space Cowboys" by Ed Buckbee with Wally Schirra chronicles the early years of space exploration with 168 pages of interviews, photos, first-person accounts and insights into what it was like to be one of the first seven astronauts for NASA. The reader gets all the historical facts and features from an insiders' view and their perspective. This book will be a welcome addition to any serious student of science, space and American history.
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  • Never has one book crammed so much detail into so little space.
  • First-hand accounts of space history.
  • Includes a double-sided DVD-Video of early years of space.


  • Wish the photos could have been in color.


  • Interviews and thoughts from the first seven astronauts.
  • Photo history of the space program.
  • Interviews and history of Wernher von Braun, "the rocket man."
  • Preparing to become an astronaut.
  • John F. Kennedy's influence on the space program.
  • Chapter devoted to each astronaut's career with thoughts on a variety of space-related questions.
  • Shares not only success, but the tragedies of space.
  • You'll find tons of good trivia questions to stump people with from all the details in this book!
  • 20 year timeline and pictorial tribute to Wernher von Braun in Huntsville, 1950-1970.
  • DVD included with book features von Braun, panel discussions, moon documentary and more.

Guide Review - NASA's First 7 Astronauts Tell Their Story

Whether you were an adult or not-yet-born when the first astronauts were selected, trained and sent into space, you'll be glued to your seat as you read "The Real Space Cowboys." Once again, Ed Buckbee has done his homework and brought us a book packed with details, facts and behind-the-scenes stories of one of the USA's proudest moments in history.

I grew up in Huntsville in the 1950's when all the buzz about space was going on. I was too young to understand or be much interested in the Mercury program. Little did I know what NASA's first seven astronauts--Al Shepard, Wally Schirra, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper and Deke Slayton--were experiencing. Reading this book opened my eyes and made me gasp.

Buckbee gives us a fresh look at this 50-year old space project. It is almost hard to believe nowadays what these men were willing to sacrifice if need be and go into the unknown. We've heard so much about space cowboys or pioneers, that I had become harden to what stands behind those words. This book will amaze you with the magnitude of what was really going on while history was being made.

A double-sided DVD video comes with the book and highlights some of the prime interviews and newcasts at the beginning of the space program, in case you missed them. This DVD is worth the price of the book.

Emerge yourself in space history with "The Real Space Cowboys." You'll come away with a new respect and admiration for these seven astronauts.

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