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This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury
Loyd S. Swenson Jr.
James M. Grimwood
Charles C. Alexander
We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own.
Whether it will become a force for good or ill depemds on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of preeminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new, terrifying theater of war.
JOHN F. KENNEDY
Rice University Stadium
September 12, 1962
Part 1 - Research
Chapter 2 - Exploring the Human Factor (1948 - 1958)
Chapter 3 - Aeronautics to Astronautics: NACA Research (1952 - 1957)
Chapter 4 - From NACA to NASA (November 1957 - September 1958)
Part 2 - Development
Chapter 6 - From Design into Development (January - June 1959)
Chapter 7 - Man-Rating the Machines (July - December 1959)
Chapter 8 - Machine-Rating the Men (January - June 1960)
Chapter 9 - From Development into Qualification: Flight Tests (July - December 1960)
Chapter 10 - Tests Versus Time in the Race for Space (January - April 1961)
Part 3 - Operations
Chapter 12 - Final Rehearsal
Chapter 13 - Mercury Mission Accomplished
Chapter 14 - Climax of Project Mercury
Notes on Sources and Selected Bibliography
Page numbers from the original publication are included within the text within square brackets.
The NASA Historical Series
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Scientific and Technical Information Division
Office of Technology Utilization