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Countdown: a History of Space Flight

by Heppenheimer, T. A.

  • ISBN: 9780471144397
  • ISBN10: 0471144398

Countdown: a History of Space Flight

by Heppenheimer, T. A.

  • List Price: $30.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • Publish date: 01/01/2007
  • ISBN: 9780471144397
  • ISBN10: 0471144398
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Description: "... a fascinating comparison of the people and programs, the triumphs and failures, of the two major space faring nations". -- Dale D. Meyers, Former Associate Administrator for Space Flight, NASA

A historical overview of the evolution and future of the space programs in the U.S., the former Soviet Union, and Europe

The race to put a man on the moon provided the perfect metaphor for scientific achievement, one that challenged and captured the public imagination. Yet-in addition to its science-fiction glamour, the space race served equally powerful political and social objectives. Moving beyond the much-documented heroism of the period, Countdown offers the first overview that explores the achievements and failures of all sides of the space race in their full historical context. T.A. Heppenheimer juxtaposes the U.S. and Soviet space programs, revealing what each knew of the other and describing dead ends each pursued in the race to get ahead.
-- Draws on previously untapped sources recently made available in Russia
-- Shows how modest the gains generated by costly space programs were and proposes viable uses of unmanned spacecraft for the future

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