Soviet and Russian Lunar Exploration

Brian Harvey

Soviet and Russian Lunar ExplorationIn July 1969, the Americans won the race to put an astronaut on the Moon; from then on, the Soviet Union pretended that it had never been in the Moon race at all. The myth grew up that it was unable to develop the complex technology necessary for a manned lunar mission. In fact, amongst many other achievements, the Soviet Union: This book traces the story of Soviet lunar exploration from the 1950s designs of the father of the Russian moon programme, Mikhail Tikhonravov, through the story of exploration in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, with its many triumphs and heartbreaks. Now, Russia plans to return to the Moon with the new, ambitious Luna Glob mission.

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables and maps
List of abbreviations and acronyms
  1. Origins of the Soviet lunar programme
  2. The first moon probes
  3. Planning the lunar landing
  4. The soft-landers and orbiters
  5. The first cosmonauts to the moon
  6. Around the moon
  7. Samplers, rovers and orbiters
  8. Return to the moon
  9. List of all Soviet moon probes (and related missions)
  10. Bibliographical note and bibliography

Extent: 344 pages
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: December 2006
ISBN: 978-0-387-21896-0

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