Space Stations: Base Camps to the Stars

Space Stations: Base Camps to the Stars

by Roger D. Launius
     
 

From winged rocket ships, to the giant rotating wheels of Wernher von Braun and 2001: A Space Odyssey, to the epic, controversy-wracked sagas of Mir and the International Space Station, this highly original blend of history and popular culture explains why the dream of a permanently occupied space outpost has captivated so many for so long. Ninety-five of the most

Overview

From winged rocket ships, to the giant rotating wheels of Wernher von Braun and 2001: A Space Odyssey, to the epic, controversy-wracked sagas of Mir and the International Space Station, this highly original blend of history and popular culture explains why the dream of a permanently occupied space outpost has captivated so many for so long. Ninety-five of the most arresting drawings, artists' conceptions, and photographs ever assembled, many rare and never before published, illustrate this thought-provoking narrative of the evolution of the space station as cultural icon.

Uniquely qualified to tell the story of the extraordinary effort to actually put hardware and people in space, preeminent space historian Roger Launius is at his best relating lessons from Mir, Skylab, ISS, and the Salyuts, navigating political treachery, translating technology, refereeing controversies, and weaving the magic of space habitation, both real and imaginary. He resuscitates the Flash Gordon and Captain Kirk in us all with his vision of a future in which space stations are surrounded by space-based research parks, industry and commerce, and tourist destinations, and, most importantly, provide a portal to the Moon, Mars-and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568527161
Publisher:
Konecky & Konecky LLC.
Publication date:
04/10/2009
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Roger D. Launius, former chief historian of NASA, is a member of the Space History Division of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

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