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Project Manhigh was based at the Aeromedical Field Laboratory at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico, in the 1950s. A single-man gondola carried into the stratosphere was used to evaluate the ability to construct a life-supporting spacecraft and the ability of a human to survive spaceflight. Dr. David Simons piloted Manhigh II, the most successful of the three flights. The following excerpt is from The Pre-Astronauts: Manned Ballooning on the Threshold of Space by Craig Ryan:

On August 24, 1957, Lt. Gen. Samuel E. Anderson, commander of the Air Research and Devleopment Command (ARDC), pinned the Distinguished Flying Cross on David Simons in a ceremony in Baltimore. The citation referred to a "valor above and beyond the call of duty ... under conditions never before experienced." For a brief period following the flight the Manhigh crew were the darlings of the press. Simons was the "daring young Air Force officer" and "the gallant major." An op-ed piece in the New York Times titled "The First Space Man" suggested that Manhigh II's pilot had rised to the rarefied heights as a representative not of his branch of the service or his country, but of all mankind: he "made the trip for all of us. Organized society took this step toward space as it has taken others in the past and will take many more." ... Manhigh had proved, [Colonel John] Stapp announced, that human beings could live outside of Earth's atmosphere. And David simons had proved his mettle as an aeronaut: "He was sort of a one-man band," Stapp explained, "keeping alive with one hand, watching dials, conducting experiments, and snappling camers with the other. Dave could sit in a gondola, handle 20 emergencies, and not die at once."

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Project Manhigh was based at the Aeromedical Field Laboratory at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico, in the 1950s. A single-man gondola carried into the stratosphere was used to evaluate the ability to construct a life-supporting spacecraft and the ability of a human to survive spaceflight. Dr. David Simons piloted Manhigh II, the most successful of the three flights. The following excerpt is from The Pre-Astronauts: Manned Ballooning on the Threshold of Space by Craig Ryan:

On August 24, 1957, Lt. Gen. Samuel E. Anderson, commander of the Air Research and Devleopment Command (ARDC), pinned the Distinguished Flying Cross on David Simons in a ceremony in Baltimore. The citation referred to a "valor above and beyond the call of duty ... under conditions never before experienced." For a brief period following the flight the Manhigh crew were the darlings of the press. Simons was the "daring young Air Force officer" and "the gallant major." An op-ed piece in the New York Times titled "The First Space Man" suggested that Manhigh II's pilot had rised to the rarefied heights as a representative not of his branch of the service or his country, but of all mankind: he "made the trip for all of us. Organized society took this step toward space as it has taken others in the past and will take many more." ... Manhigh had proved, [Colonel John] Stapp announced, that human beings could live outside of Earth's atmosphere. And David simons had proved his mettle as an aeronaut: "He was sort of a one-man band," Stapp explained, "keeping alive with one hand, watching dials, conducting experiments, and snappling camers with the other. Dave could sit in a gondola, handle 20 emergencies, and not die at once."

[Come back next month for more of this excerpt.]



See previously featured quotes on the following pages:
Voices Archives for the current year
2019 Voices Archives
2018 Voices Archives
[Voices Archives from 2017 were lost in a computer crash]
2016 Voices Archives
2015 Voices Archives
2014 Voices Archives
2013 Voices Archives
2012 Voices Archives
2011 Voices Archives


Photo Credits
Robert Goddard towing one of his rockets to the launch site near Roswell about 1931, courtesy of NASA.

WhiteKnightTwo carrying SpaceShipTwo at Spaceport America runway dedication flyover, photo by Loretta Hall.


Unless otherwise credited, all material on this site is © Loretta Hall 2010-2021.

Voices from New Mexico's Space History
Different quotations from New Mexico space pioneers appear on this page monthly. This is the January 2021 installment.