"Won't you let me take you on a - Sea Cruise..."
Join the crew of the USNS Vanguard as they sail the tropics, search the skies for satellites, and ponder the origin of that magnificent phrase,
"A girl in every port."
Dan Kovalchik supplies a refreshing view of life at sea with this lively and entertaining account of a 'round the world cruise on a NASA tracking ship built especially for the Apollo moon landing program.
Along the way you'll
-WITNESSthe wrath of the Royal High Court of the Raging Main
"Dan Kovalchik has captured with humor and rich detail the sometimes glamorous, sometimes wretched lives of the "range rats" who tracked Cape Canaveral rocket launches from a global network of ships and island outposts in the '60s and '70s."
--Howard Benedict, executive director of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and author (with Alan Shepard, Deke Slayton, and Jay Barbree) of Moon Shot: The Inside Story Of America's Race To The Moon. (Turner Publishing, ISBN 1-878685-54-6)
"I salute--from my space helmet--the Range Rats, the unsung heroes of the space race to the future."
--Dr. Buzz Aldrin,
Gemini XII pilot, Apollo XI Lunar Module Pilot
Range Rats At Sea, Chapter 1: Equator Watch
( Authors Choice Press, ISBN 0-595-16966-X. Available through your local bookstore, e.g. Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books-A-Million, etc.)
Ascension Island: The Devil's Ashpit, Chapter 1: Starlifter
The Range Rat Life
(750 wd article, Florida Today newspaper, August '97)
The Ascension Island Diver
(750 wd article, Florida Today newspaper, December '94)
(750 wd article, Air&Space/Smithsonion magazine, June/July '97)
The Rocket Ships
Tracking launches from Cape Canaveral in the days of old ships and iron guts. RARE PICTURES!
(3,000 wd article, Air&Space/Smithsonion magazine, December/January '02)
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Updated January, 2004