A reference book for the millenium, this compilation offers more than 600 pages of facts about the space programs in the US, Russian and other parts of the world. The change in world politics and the development of a truly international space station has brought former rival space programs together. This revised edition brings much of the know data about the intrepid space explorers together profiling astronauts from all major programs. The first section is a list of acronyms, abbreviations and their definitions. An essential guide since the text like the programs if full of acronyms. The first section of the book is devoted to NASA which includes the background of the space program, all of the astronaut groups followed by biographies of all of the astronauts. Black and white photographs appear throughout. The same approach is used for the Russian cosmonauts and the international astronauts in subsequent sections. The appendices are not to be overlooked; they contain a chronology of manned space flights (the launch date, crews, call sign, landing data, duration and other remarks), a list of space travelers, time in space, EVA data and more, also there is an extensive index. Within the text there are fascinating tidbits such as full color reproductions of the NASA mission crew patches, personally written pieces by the astronauts about the launch process, the view of earth from space and the like. This revised edition contains 80 new entries from the previous and all entries have been updated. A resource for reports as well as anyone interested in the factual data related to the manned missions into space.
To coincide with the inauguration of the International Space Station program, this third edition of Cassutts biographical reference contains 80 new entries and also updates the biographies of every U.S. astronaut, Russian cosmonaut, and international astronaut who has flown or trained for space missions. Additionally, several sidebars provide astronauts firsthand accounts of training for and actually flying space missions. As valuable as the biographical updates are (e.g., several Apollo astronauts, including two of the 12 moon walkers, have died since the first edition in 1987), several appendixes enhance the utility of this reference even more with data on all manned spaceflights up to 1998, time in space logged by every space traveler, a detailed listing of the planned Space Station assembly sequence, and a full-color insert depicting NASA mission crew patches dating back to the Gemini program. Although a bit pricey, this update is recommended for subject collections.Thomas J. Frieling, Bainbridge Coll., GA
With this comprehensive biographical dictionary, Cassutt succeeds in depicting the men and women from the U.S., the former Soviet Union, and other countries who participated in the space race as "fathers and mothers, people who had been high school and college students, who had worked as lathe operators or farmhands on their way to becoming scientists, engineers, and pilots.
Biographies are grouped in 11 sections by nationality and space program. Each opens with an essay describing the program, followed by the alphabetically arranged biographies. These include birth date (and death date, where applicable), a short description of the astronaut's or cosmonaut's life, and, in most cases, a black-and-white photograph. In addition, "Who's Who in Space" includes an insert of photographs of NASA mission patches and groups shots of pioneers of the American and Soviet space programs
Appendixes include a list of manned spaceflights (showing the mission designation, launch data, crew, call sign, landing data, duration, and remarks); "X-15" spaceflights; shuttle approach and landing tests; manned time-in-space log, 1961-92; world extravehicular-activity log, 1965-92; lists of U.S. and Soviet flight crews; and state-by-state teacher-in-space and journalist-in-space candidates. The detailed index of names also notes when one astronaut is mentioned in the biography of another or in the introductions. Within the body of the work are cross-references between programs; thus, Neil Armstrong, whose biography appears under "NASA Astronauts," has a listing under ""X-15" Pilots" with a reference to the full-length biography
More than 75 flights have been made since this book's first edition (published with the subtitle, "The First 25 Years", G. K. Hall, 1987), and the price of the book has more than doubled. However, high school, public, and academic libraries serving clients interested in the people exploring the final frontier will find this $75 well spent. "Astronauts and Cosmonauts: Biographical and Statistical Data" ["RBB" Je 15 90] was published by the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology in 1989. It provides similar information, though recent flights are not included.
Though not indicated in the title, this biographical reference is in its third edition; the subtitle has changed with each one (, G.K. Hall & Co., 1987; , Macmillan, 1993). The new edition gives updated biographical information for people of every nationality who traveled in space from spring 1961 (Yuri Gagarin) to spring 1998, along with hundreds of others who underwent training to prepare for space flight<-->a total of some 600 biographies of about 200 to 500 words, each with a small portrait b&w photo. The volume includes essays on NASA astronauts, Russian cosmonauts, and Buran test-pilot cosmonauts; color depictions of NASA mission crew patches; and numerous appendices itemizing information connected with flight duration, missions and crews, journalist-in-space candidates and teacher-in-space candidates, and the world EVA log. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.