This is a large and beautiful book, which contains photographs and illustrations, about manned space flight, from its genesis to the 1980's.
||34 x 25 x 5 cm
|Nbr. de pages
||Jaquette légèrement abîmée
|Etat du livre
||Très bon état
||Crown Publishers, Inc., New York
This is a cohesive history of the dreams and achievements that have taken man on his most formidable journey - beyond the earth's atmosphere.
The theories of practical manned space flight were being expressed in the sixteenth century by Romenian rocket designer, Conrad Haas, and were expanded with almost prophetic accuracy by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. After the Second World War these dreams were realized through the vision of Wernher von Braun in the United States and parallelled by Sergei Korolev in the Soviet Union, the men who were primarily responsible for designing the means to deliver man into space : giant, non - reusable, staged rockets.
On April 12th, 1961, Yuri gagarin was launched on his epic orbit of the earth, followed one month later by Alan Shepard's fifteen minute sub - orbital flight.
( ... ) The development of the Space Shuttle, America's newest and most revolutionary form of travel, has virtually closed the door on manned missions beyond earth's orbit.
( ... ) Here then is the history of all the great moments of failure, tension, drama, euphoria and success that characterized the beginning of man's adventure in space.
Dr David Baker ( 1944 ) is a British space scientist and a prolific author. He first visited the United States in 1962 and returned to work for N.A.S.A. on the Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs between 1965 and 1984 as a Mission Planning and Analysis Department. He was present at N.A.S.A. during Apollo 13 in 1970.
He returned to the United Kingdom in 1984 and set up an independent consultancy helping countries around the world including India to develop and integrate commercial space technologies for their national space programmes. He now works as a journalist, writer and an author. He has published thousands of articles, more than 100 books and contributed to many radio and TV documentaries about space missions in the United States and Europe.
In the past, he has edited the Aerospace Review, Jane’s Aircraft Upgrades and Jane’s Space Directory. He is a fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and since 2011 he has been the editor of the BIS's journal - Spaceflight. Here are some of his publications : The Rocket : The History and Development of Rocket and Missile Technology ( 1978 ), The Shape of Wars to Come ( 1981 ), NASA Space Shuttle ( 2011 ), Apollo 13 Manual ( 2013 ), The Race for Space ( 2018 ).
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