The Seventies

Ben Evans

FOOTHOLD IN THE HEAVENS: The Seventies April 12, 2011,is the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's pioneering journey into space. To commemorate this momentous achievement, Springer-Praxis is producing a mini series of books that reveals how humanity's knowledge of flying, working and living in space has grown in the last half century.

Foothold in the Heavens focuses on the early 1970s, when we completed our first exploration of the Moon and established a real, long-term presence in orbit with the first space stations. It marked a transitional phase between the heady days of the 1960s and efforts to make space travel more economical, more frequent and more routine in the late 1970s and 1980s. This book explores the intense competition and bitter rivalry between the United States and the Sovient Union - with one side devoting its energies to lunar exploration, the other diverting its attention to near-Earth studies - which eventually brought a pair of Cold War foes away from the nuclear trigger to the negotiating table and opened a new era of cooperation in space.

Table of Contents

Author's preface

1. New directions
2. Luna incognita
3. At home, above
4. Luna cognita
5. End of the beginning


Extent: 550 pages
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4419-6341-3

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