The First Soviet Cosmonaut Team: Their Lives and Legacies / Edition 1
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The First Soviet Cosmonaut Team: Their Lives and Legacies / Edition 1

by Colin Burgess, Rex Hall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0387848231

ISBN-13: 9780387848235

Pub. Date: 02/01/2009

Publisher: Springer New York

The First Soviet Cosmonaut Team will relate who these men were and offer far more extensive background stories, in addition to those of the more familiar names of early Soviet space explorers from that group. Many previously-unpublished photographs of these “missing” candidates will also be included for the first time in this book. It will be a detailed

Overview

The First Soviet Cosmonaut Team will relate who these men were and offer far more extensive background stories, in addition to those of the more familiar names of early Soviet space explorers from that group. Many previously-unpublished photographs of these “missing” candidates will also be included for the first time in this book. It will be a detailed, but highly readable and balanced account of the history, training and experiences of the first group of twenty cosmonauts of the USSR. A covert recruitment and selection process was set in motion throughout the Soviet military in August 1959, just prior to the naming of America’s Mercury astronauts. Those selected were ordered to report for training at a special camp outside of Moscow in the spring of 1960. Just a year later, Senior Lieutenant Yuri Gagarin of the Soviet Air Force (promoted in flight to the rank of major) was launched aboard a Vostok spacecraft and became the first person ever to achieve space flight and orbit the Earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387848235
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Series:
Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration Series
Edition description:
2009
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Sparking the Space Age.- A few good Soviet men.- Russia’s future spacemen.- Training days.- Selecting the first cosmonaut.- “Poyekhali”: A man in space.- Vostok flights continue.- The “missing” cosmonauts: Rumour and reality.- First woman of space.- A tragedy, and Gagarin’s final flight.- Pushing the limits.- Orbits of co-operation and the end of an era.

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