The Story of Manned Space Stations

An Introduction

Philip Baker

The Story of Manned Space Stations The Mir space station was one of the greatest human achievements in modern history, but a long history of manned space stations lay behind it. This book charts the story of those stations from the very beginning, telling the story of the two major space powers starting out on their very separate programs, but slowly coming together through ASTP, Shuttle-Mir, and the ISS. It includes programs that rarely get mentioned, such as the U.S. Manned Orbiting Laboratory, and the Soviet Almaz station, both military backed projects. Each chapter contains interviews with many of the primary participants, including the astronauts, cosmonauts, designers, mission controllers, doctors and managers most directly involved in the flights.

The Story of Manned Space Stations paints a vivid picture of two competing nations slowly coming together to form an alliance that is shaky and uncertain to begin with, growing from fierce competition into solid collaboration.

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Extent: 210 pages; 36 illustrations, 24 in colour
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: April 2007
ISBN: 978-0-387-30775-6

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