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cspg
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posted 09-29-2008 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Escaping the Bonds of Earth: The Fifties and the Sixties
by Ben Evans
A History of Human Space Exploration: Escaping the Cradle will focus upon the 1960s, exploring each mission from April 1961 to April 1971 in depth: from the pioneering Vostok flights to the establishment of the first Salyut space station and from Alan Shepard's modest sub-orbital "hop" into space to his triumphant arrival at the Moon's Fra Mauro foothills almost a decade later.

The Introduction sets the scene with early plans to explore space, balloon flights and such details as the development of pressure suits. Each of the Vostok missions is then covered in depth, together with unmanned precursor flights, subsequent plans and the development of Voskhod. Chapter 2 studies the Mercury missions together with unmanned and monkey flights, the development of the Redstone and Atlas boosters and the ill-fated Dyna-Soar, while the twin Voskhod missions, including the first three-man space crew, first spacewalk and plans for subsequent Voskhods to extend time in space are covered in the third chapter. Each of the Gemini missions are then described, as well as why and how the United States managed to achieve such a "lead" over the Soviet Union, practising techniques for lunar landings, the development of spacesuit technology for extravehicular activities, "Blue Gemini" and the Manned Orbiting Laboratory. The Soyuz 1 and Apollo 1 tragedies and aftermath, including redesign, changes to future plans and the effect of Korolev's death precede a chapter on the United States' drive for the Moon, up to Apollo 14, including the challenges facing the first lunar explorers, the consistency of lunar soil and the development of spacesuits to handle locomotion.

This first volume ends with an analysis of Soviet direction changes from lunar exploration to long-term space stations (Soyuz 3 to 10 and the development of Salyut 1) and the progress of the human space programme in the 1960s and plans for space exploration in the next decade.

  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Praxis; 1 edition (January 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0387790934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387790930

nelyubov
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posted 11-17-2009 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nelyubov   Click Here to Email nelyubov     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone purchased this book? Is it worth buying? Does it have photos. No one has commented on it and its been in print for several months now. Just wondering why it has been ignored -- at least on the forum here.

Lasv3
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posted 11-17-2009 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lasv3   Click Here to Email Lasv3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book is definitely worth buying, it covers the period from Yuri Gagarin to Apollo 8 mission, there are b/w photos and the book shall have sequels in upcoming years.

I wrote a short review on the Amazon book page if interested.

You will learn no breaking new facts, but it's very well written chronology in a very readable style and Mr. Evans is also describing the political situation in the fifties and sixties to understand the environment and decisions made. I recommend it, it's really good.

nelyubov
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posted 11-18-2009 06:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nelyubov   Click Here to Email nelyubov     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the information on the book. I think I will end up purchasing.

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