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cspg
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posted 04-09-2014 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cosmonauts: Birth of a Space Age
Edited by Douglas Millard
For decades, the story of the world's first space-faring nation has been underplayed in the West. Now, for the first time, the remarkable account of Russia's space programme will be brought to light. This book accompanies a landmark exhibition at the Science Museum, London, which represents a major collaboration with the Moscow State Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and the Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos.

Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see objects that have never before left Russia, including rockets that launched the space age, actual craft that carried humans into space, the spacesuits, equipment and personal mementos of those who flew, alongside stunning artworks that articulated Russia's longing for space. But this is far more than simply a book of exceptional objects; it is also a book of incredible stories. These are the stories of the people who dreamt of early space exploration, those who made it happen, those who risked their lives to experience it and those who continue its legacy today.

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers Ltd (September 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1857599020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857599022
See this topic for discussion of the Science Museum exhibit.

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posted 04-10-2014 02:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OLDIE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the heads-up. I'm looking forward to the exhibition and the book.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-17-2015 10:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book is now available "to all UK mainland addresses and UK offshore locations" (Isle of Man, Scottish offshore isles, Northern Ireland, Inner Hebrides) for order through the museum's website.

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posted 09-17-2015 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BA002   Click Here to Email BA002     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And if you scroll down a bit further on the page you'll see that they also deliver to the EU. However, at £19.95 it might be cheaper to try to find a low cost plane ticket and pick it up in London yourself.

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posted 09-18-2015 04:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
True, but Switzerland is not a member of the EU, contrary to all of its neighbours (!)...so I'm screwed if I may dare say so.

OLDIE
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posted 09-19-2015 04:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OLDIE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book is quite a large tome. If it had more pictures, one might call it a "coffee table" book. As it contains a much larger amount of textual material relative to pictorial material, it is probably more of a "gathering dust" type of book.

Had the publishers cut the price by a third, I might have bought it (and certainly would have bought it if they'd cut the text by a third as well).

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posted 09-19-2015 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd rather have a most complete edition than a far too conveniently edited one. The more the merrier, especially foreign-related content.

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posted 09-21-2015 04:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spoon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess it depends on how interested the reader is in the Soviet manned spaceflight program.

The book has many interviews with participants: from spacesuit designer Sergei Pozdnyakov, Salyut 7 cosmonaut Vladimir Dzhanibekov, Nataliya Koroleva reminisces about her father Sergei, as examples. Asif Siddiqi contributes a chapter on the Russian relationship with the cosmos while there is a chapter on Tsiolkovsky by the director of his museum. The daughter of Valentina Tereshkova discusses her mother as a cosmonaut with reflections from the woman herself.

The book is illustrated throughout with fascinating photos and images, a lot of them rarely seen.

A really good companion to the exhibition which I am looking forward to seeing in a couple of weeks time.

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posted 09-30-2015 03:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OLDIE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my earlier reply I meant to infer that it would have been nice to have a more affordable (and well illustrated) catalogue of the exhibits only, as well as the larger comprehensive book. There are, after all, other books around in which to read about the background to the Russian space programme.

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posted 10-02-2015 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DougS   Click Here to Email DougS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see Amazon has reduced the price for the hardcover version. They have it for $50.

I went and pre-ordered it. The Science Museum shop has the paperback version for $45 (US dollars) and is only available in the EU. So I couldn't pass it up!

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posted 10-02-2015 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the tip Doug. I wanted one but not in EU either.

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