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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
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Prologue: End of a Spaceflight Dream
1. Losing the Moon: Apollo, the Abandoned Missions
2. Earthbound Astronaut: Scientist-Astronaut Duane “Doc” Graveline
3. Born beneath the Southern Cross: NASA’s Group 6 Astronaut Philip K. Chapman
4. Svetlana’s Story: Russia’s Journalist-in-Space Program and Cosmonaut-Journalist Svetlana Omelchenko
5. Unfulfilled Ambitions: Lt. Cdr. Stephen D. Thorne, USN
6. The Greatest Gesture: Oceanographer Robert E. Stevenson
7. Test Pilot and Ex-Astronaut: Group 5 Astronaut Lt. Cdr. John S. Bull, USN
8. An Indonesian Flag in Space: Payload Specialist Pratiwi Sudarmono
9. Countdown to Skynet: Britain’s First Astronaut Candidates
10. Patience, Persistence, and Guts: The Extraordinary Story of Frank K. Ellis
11. Vostok Lady: Pilot and Parachutist Marina Popovich
12. With Stars in Her Eyes: Group 19 Mission Specialist Patricia Hilliard Robertson
13. New Hampshire to the New Frontier: Payload Specialist Candidate Robert J. Wood
14. Argentina’s Only Astronaut: Fernando (Frank) Caldeiro
Epilogue: A Personal Reflection

About the Author

Colin Burgess is the author of several books on spaceflight, including Faith 7: L. Gordon Cooper, Jr., and the Final Mercury Mission; Footprints in the Dust: The Epic Voyages of Apollo, 1969–1975 (Nebraska, 2010); and Teacher in Space: Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger Legacy (Nebraska, 2000). Don Thomas was a NASA mission specialist on missions STS-65, STS-70, STS-83, and STS-94.


"We are used to celebrating heroes who have achieved great things. This book helps us to realize that we should also celebrate those unsung heroes who continue to strive toward great things even if they are not able to reach their initial goals."—James R. Zimbelman, Quest

“An overdue and moving account of the almost-astronauts, a group of extraordinary people who came tantalizingly close to leaving Earth and seeing our planet from orbit. An important contribution to the history of human space exploration.”—Robert Pearlman, space historian and editor of collectSPACE.com

“Have you ever read a book that is so wonderful you tell everyone he or she must read it? This is just such a book, one that is at times fascinating, revealing, and inspirational. I found myself becoming emotionally involved in the real-life stories and dramas of these truly amazing men and women. Definitely a book to read and treasure.”—Dee O’Hara, nurse to the first astronauts

“My father, Ted Freeman, a newly appointed astronaut, died in an accident only one year into living his dream of flying to the moon. Colin Burgess told my father’s story in his wonderful book, Fallen Astronauts, and this latest, similarly magnificent book explores the lives and achievements of other individuals who also lost that rare chance of venturing into the mysteries and wonders of space. Another great book by an outstanding author.”—Faith (Freeman) Johnson, daughter of Capt. Theodore Cordy Freeman, USAF, NASA astronaut

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