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Kurt Vonnegut


Slaughterhouse 5
Year 1969
Publisher Triad/Granada
ISBN 0586033289



Billy Pilgrim, billeted as a prisoner of war in a Dresden slaughterhouse, survives the worst holocaust of World War II

Billy Pilgrim, kidnapped by the small green inhabitants of the planet Tralfamadore, is displayed naked in a zoo and publicly mated with the beautiful Earthling movie star Montana Wildhack.

Billy Pilgrim, time-traveller, finally comes to understand the nature of death (and life) and returns radiant to Earth to preach his startling message.

Billy Pilgrim is the hero of this inspired novel by one of America's most brilliant modern authors.




'An extraordinary success.  It is a book we need to read and re-read ... funny, compassionate and wise'
New York Times Book Review


Bill Dana



Credit: NASA

Space Pioneer
In the turbulent era of 1960s Cold War confrontations, Moon race headlines, and war in southeast Asia, eight test pilots quietly flew the radical X-15 rocket plane out of the atmosphere and into the record books, earning astronaut status. One of those pilots, NASA research pilot Bill Dana, is seen here next to the X-15 #3 rocket-powered aircraft after a flight. Formerly an aerospace research pilot at Dryden, Dana flew the F-15 HiDEC research aircraft and the Advanced Fighter Technology Integration/F-16 aircraft and later became chief engineer at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. Dana flew the X-15 research airplane 16 times, reaching a top speed of 3,897 miles per hour and a peak altitude of 310,000 feet (almost 59 miles high).

Three of the early astronaut test pilots never received official recognition as astronauts because only the military had astronaut wings to confer on their pilots at that time. That was rectified on Aug. 23, 2005, when Dana and family members representing deceased pilots John B. McKay and Joseph A. Walker, received civilian astronaut wings acknowledging their flights above 50 miles high.

NASA Image of the day archive





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