Countdown the Story of Cape Canaveral Author:William Roy Shelton This book is for the young Americans who have not yet watched a launch at Cape Canaveral, as well as or those who have. For it gives them a permanent record, even more lasting in depth and reality than a photograph can be, of the grace and strength and power of the great white bird fuming and smoking on the launch pad while the countdown crawls... more » through that last suspenseful hour.
Actually, relatively few of us have seen a rocket launch at the Cape, yet the language of "the shoot" is becoming familiar to all of us, and most of us will probably one day see "a big one go," whether from Cape Canaveral or some other "pad."
With due recognition that rockets weree used long ago by the Chinese, the story starts with the American, Robert Goddard, and his suggestion as early as 1919 that a multistage rocket could be sent to the moon. Development of the German V-1 and V-2 followed, and eventually out of teh snake-infested palmetto flats of Cape Canaveral began to emerge the free world's Number 1 Earthstrip. The building of Cape Canaveral and its pioneer launches belong to history--living history which mirrors the future. Here that history is written by one of the three newsmen who have covered major launches from the beginning.« less