Essay Topic 1
Throughout the book, the astronauts are compared with the pilots from Edwards Air Force Base. Compare and contrast these two groups in terms at the following times:
a. When Project Mercury was first being announced.
b. When Project Mercury was underway.
c. When Project Mercury was concluded.
Essay Topic 2
When we are first introduced to the pilots at Muroc Army Air Base, we meet a cocky group of young pilots that daily face danger and possible death from just doing their jobs.
a. List the dangers the pilots faced daily when conducting their test flights.
b. List off-duty dangers that resulted from their cocky and larger-than-life egos.
Essay Topic 3
Identify and discuss the main political events that hastened the creation of Project Mercury.
a. What specifically occurred to speed up NASA's time frame for space travel?
b. What perceived threats resulted from these events?
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