We Have Capture
We Have Capture
Tom Stafford and the Space Race
Smithsonian Books (DC), Paperback, 9781588341013, 288pp.
Publication Date: January 17, 2004
In this lively memoir written with Michael Cassutt, Stafford begins by recounting his early successes as a test pilot, Gemini and Apollo astronaut, and USAF general. As President Nixon's stand-in at the 1971 Soviet funeral for three cosmonauts, he opened the door to the possibility of cooperation in space between Russians and Americans. Stafford's Apollo-Soyuz team was the first group of Americans to work at the cosmonaut training center, and also the first to visit Baikonur, the top-secret Soviet launch center, in 1974. His 17 July 1975 "handshake in space" with Soviet commander Alexei Leonov (who became a lifelong friend) proved to the world that the two opposing countries could indeed work successfully together.
Stafford has continued in this leadership role right up to the present, participating in designing and evaluating the Space Shuttle, Mir, and the International Space Station. He is truly an American hero who personifies the broadest spirit of exploration and cooperation.
Michael Cassutt has written many books, including "DEKE! US Manned Space: From Mercury to the Shuttle" (with Donald K. Deke Slayton). He lives in Studio City, California."
“In his career as an astronaut, Thomas Stafford saw it all: Gene Cernan’s fogged up pressure helmet, the mountains of the moon oh-so-close, a Soviet handshake in orbit. Stafford was truly one of those few who stood on the shoulders of giants and made history.”—Tom Hanks
“As American flight commander of the first ever rendezvous-in-space with the Soviets, Tom Stafford started raising the Iron Curtain. A great talent, a great career—and still involved!”—Senator John Glenn
“An intimate portrayal of space policy, especially its sometimes cantankerous, sometimes tranquil, but always interesting interactions between USA and USSR.”—Roger D. Launius, NASA Chief Historian