Stepping Stones to the Stars: The Story of Manned Spaceflight

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A history of manned spaceflight, from Vostok to the Shuttle, including rare photographs from the Russian space program and a foreword by a former Space Shuttle commander

Beginning with a short history of the evolution of the rocket, this story of manned spaceflight moves on to the first manned rocket flights by both the Americans and the Russians. It also includes the little-known story of what is thought to be the earliest manned rocket flight, ...

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Overview

A history of manned spaceflight, from Vostok to the Shuttle, including rare photographs from the Russian space program and a foreword by a former Space Shuttle commander

Beginning with a short history of the evolution of the rocket, this story of manned spaceflight moves on to the first manned rocket flights by both the Americans and the Russians. It also includes the little-known story of what is thought to be the earliest manned rocket flight, said to have taken place in 1933 on the island of Rügen in the Baltic under the control of the German War Ministry. The story continues through Yuri Gagarin becoming the first person in space and Neil Armstrong’s "giant leap for mankind," to the first space stations—Skylab, Salyut, and Mir. With the development of the Shuttle, the United States moved ahead in the space race, but soon realized that it was easier to cooperate than compete with Russia, and our two nations began to work together for the first time. This is a nontechnical history of human spaceflight, telling the exciting and dramatic story of the early steps towards the stars.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780752454092
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry C. Treadwell is the author of German Fighter Aces of World War One

and Ironworks: The Story of Grumman and Its Aircraft, as well as articles in magazines such as Foundation, the magazine of the Smithsonian Institution. Henry Hartsfield is a retired United States Air Force officer and a former NASA astronaut who logged more than 480 hours in space.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Foreword 7

Introduction 9

1 The Birth of the Rocket 11

2 The First Manned Spaceflights 21

3 The First Multi-crewed Spaceflights 51

4 The Race to the Moon 75

5 A New Era 105

6 The Development of the Space Shuttle 115

7 The Space Shuttle Makes its Appearance 129

8 The First Re-usable Spacecraft 137

9 The Building of the ISS 165

10 The End of the Space Shuttle 207

Appendix 209

Glossary 219

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