Russia in Space
The Failed Frontier?
The New Russian Space Programme
tells how the Soviet Union became the world’s first spacefaring nation. In the late 1950s and early 1960s the Soviet Union shook the world with its Sputnik, the first space shots to the moon, Mars and Venus, and topped these achievements by sending the first men and women into Earth orbit. However, political blunders and rivalry between designers cost the Soviet Union the moon race. Instead, from the early 1970s, the Soviet Union began to build the first manned orbital space stations, crowned by the greatest achievement of Earth orbital spaceflight, the Mir space station.
With the end of communism and the cold war, the Russian space programme has reorganized. Together with the United States, Russia will build the first international space station early in the new millennium. Although budges and programmes have been slimmed down, Russia remains a great space superpower and has the world’s most advanced rocket engine technology. Russia may well dominate the development of the commercial space industry for the next decade and beyond.
An essential book for enthusiasts of space, astronomy and science, and those working in the American, British and European aerospace industries who need essential information on the Russian space programme, including the facts, the history and the concepts behind it.
received his BA in History and Political Science at Trinity College, Dublin in 1975 and his MA in History at the University College, Dublin in 1987. He works as a research consultant in the areas of poverty, homelessness, social exclusion and European affairs, and is a writer and broadcaster on space exploration and related themes. He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and a Gold Medal winner in the University Philosophical Society, Dublin. He is married to Judith Kiernan. They have a daughter, Valerie, and a son, Alistair.
Table of contents:
- Author’s introduction
- List of illustrations
- The golden years of Soviet rocketry
- Moon race
- Behind the scenes
- The space fleet
- Moon, Mars and Venus
- Spaceplanes and space shuttles
- The first space stations
- Living in space
- Cooperation: the International Space Station
January 2001 ISBN:
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