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posted 04-25-2011 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for quest   Click Here to Email quest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The next issue of Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly (Vol. 18, No. 2) features the memoirs of an Apollo astronaut whose previous job was to gleam information from stolen telemetry signals to learn classified Soviet secrets on the health of their cosmonauts and animals, and to learn the techniques they were using to help them survive in outer space.

If you haven't guessed his identity yet, before becoming part of NASA's scientist/astronaut program, Duane Graveline was an M.D. working with the Air Force's clandestine service.

The issue also features a history of early astronaut countermeasures (also by Doc Graveline), stories about the testing given to the Mercury astronauts to determine who had 'the right stuff', and the truth about the Mercury 13 and how one participant states that it was just testing, not astronaut training.

The issue also takes us inside the Nixon White House discussing the Apollo astronauts' world tours and presents the "full staff memo" which contains the Apollo 11 speech Nixon was to give in the event of a failure. Lastly, there's a reader's story about meeting up with Charlie Duke.

If you're not a subscriber, now is the time to do so...


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posted 04-25-2011 05:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevmac   Click Here to Email Kevmac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you're a space history geek, like me, you need to be getting this magazine. I've read most issues since the first year from cover to cover. It's very worth the cost of the subscription, which I think is very reasonable.


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posted 04-26-2011 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No need to convince us about the quality of QUEST... a superb magazine.


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posted 05-14-2011 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Machodoc   Click Here to Email Machodoc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad you mentioned it! The article on Nixon's use of the space program was mine, it's entitled "Moonglow: Space Diplomacy in the Nixon Administration" and using archival research and other resources tells the story of the administration's use of the space program for foreign relations purposes. Any feedback would be appreciated!

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posted 07-09-2013 10:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for quest   Click Here to Email quest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Quest is now offering a free issue on their website.

If you are on this site and not a subscriber, I am surprised. It is a great publication and I still read stories that I have never heard before. Some articles are a bit detailed but then again they get professional historians to contribute stories alongside the enthusiasts and the astronauts so its expected.

You will need to 'order' the issue, but there is no cost and about a day later I got an email with the link to download the issue which has stories about the Israeli space program, and military spy satellites. It also has a nice interview with Ilan Ramon and a really cool story about how a CSI woman pieced together items from the Columbia accident to reconstruct Ilan Ramon's diary he had onboard.


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posted 07-09-2013 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a great magazine and I highly recommend a full subscription once you've read the free promotional issue. Space history at its best.

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posted 08-19-2013 04:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for quest   Click Here to Email quest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The latest issue of Quest (20 #3) has shipped.

Besides several short personal stories from some of the Gemini and Apollo astronauts, for those interested in Europe, this is a can't miss issue.

Inside there's Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, John Young, Buzz Aldrin, the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Google Lunar X Prize, Walter Cronkite, the Mars Exploration Rovers, discussions on space policy and space strategy, the first children's history book ever reviewed in Quest, and the Cold War space sleuths who try to understand the Soviet space program.

Our four feature articles focus on:

  • The European Space Operations Centre and the Evolution of International Space Missions

  • The Historical Roots of European Satellite Navigation... where their interest actually dates back to the 1960s debuking the thought that Galileo is solely in response to having a non-U.S. military system

  • An Interview with Raymond Orye on ELDO Europa and the Foundations of the Ariane rocket; and

  • "What's Disrupting our Satellite Operations? NASA, the Intelligence Community, and RF Interference"

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posted 11-23-2013 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Permit me to plug Part One of a two-part feature on the Jupiter probe Galileo in Quest, the History of Spaceflight Quarterly, the only peer-reviewed journal of space history.

Thanks to STS-34 Pilot Capt. Mike McCulley, whose mission delivered the spacecraft into Earth orbit and started it on its way, I was able to interview three of the Atlantis crew members on this highly unusual combination of manned and remotely-manned exploration that was the first Jovian explorer, and the probe that captures images of the impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.


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posted 12-05-2013 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got my copy today, so I'd like to congratulate the Quest team on twenty years of space history publication.

I urge everyone who hasn't yet to show support for their efforts by subscribing.

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posted 01-31-2014 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for quest   Click Here to Email quest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the latest issue of Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly (volume 21#1):
  • After a Ford Galaxie accidently hit an Atlas rocket, the Air Force did a number of tests to figure out how robust it was, including having someone fire a rifle to puncture it. Joel Powell writes about this in the latest issue of Quest.

  • And for us rocket geeks who like things a bit technical, there is also an article from Ed Durbin from the National Air and Space Museum regarding GN&C of Saturn and its predecessors.

  • Chuck Friedlander, the former chief of the Astronaut Support Office at Kennedy Space Center is interviewed by Donald Pealer in the lastest issue of Quest (volume 21#1). In it he tells a number of great stories including various gotchas played by the astronauts, why Buzz Aldrin's training suit smelled like fish, and has provided a number of photos from his private collection.
More about Quest can be found at

Please note that they are having a sale in February (10% off any back issue order), code: Feb2014


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posted 01-19-2017 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have only just discovered this excellent publication. I look forward to catching up on the back issues.

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