Countdown: A History of Space Flight / Edition 1

Countdown: A History of Space Flight / Edition 1

by T. A. Heppenheimer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471144398

ISBN-13: 9780471144397

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: Wiley

This is the first book to take a historian's view of the space age, taking a realistic, unglamorized look at astronauts and technology. It answers questions regarding the United States decision to go to the moon, to abandon Skylab 2 and how the Cold War influenced the space race. It addresses the significance of satellite reconnaissance as well as the Soviet-manned…  See more details below

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This is the first book to take a historian's view of the space age, taking a realistic, unglamorized look at astronauts and technology. It answers questions regarding the United States decision to go to the moon, to abandon Skylab 2 and how the Cold War influenced the space race. It addresses the significance of satellite reconnaissance as well as the Soviet-manned moon effort, Apollo and the politics behind them. It presents newly released information from the former Soviet Union and looks to the future of the space program and the direction it needs to take to serve the public.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471144397
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Wonder-Weapons and Prison Camps: Rocketry under Stalin and Hitler4
2Ingenious Yankees: The Rise of America's Rocket Industry30
3Racing to Armageddon: The Superpowers Begin Their Missile Programs59
4The Mid-1950s: Spacecraft, Planned and Imagined87
5"The Russians Are Ahead of Us!": The Space Race Begins115
6A Promise of Moonglow: Space in the Wake of Sputnik147
7Afternoon in May: Kennedy Commits to the Moon174
8High-Water Mark: The Manned Moon Race203
9Lunar Aftermath: Space Stations and the Shuttle240
10Electrons in the Void: The Unmanned Space Programs272
11Space in the Eighties: The Efforts Falter305
12Renewal and Outlook: Commerce and Cooperation in Space338
Notes359
Bibliography363
Index377

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