Escaping the Bonds of Earth: The Fifties and the Sixties

Ben Evans Escaping the Bonds of Earth: The Fifties and the Sixties
Praxis | 2009 | ISBN: 0387790934 | 464 pages | File type: PDF | 16,2 mb
To commemorate the momentous 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin¡¯s pioneering journey into space on 12th April 2011, a series of five books ¨C to be published annually until 2011 ¨C will explore this half century, decade by decade, to discover how humanity¡¯s knowledge of flying, working and living in space has changed..
The first volume of this series will focus upon the 1960s, exploring each mission from April 1961 to April 1971 in depth: from the pioneering Vostok flights to the establishment of the first Salyut space station and from Alan Shepard¡¯s modest sub-orbital ¡®hop¡¯ into space to his triumphant arrival at the Moon¡¯s Fra Mauro foothills almost a decade later.
The Introduction sets the scene with early plans to explore space, balloon flights and such details as the development of pressure suits. Each of the Vostok missions is then covered in depth, together with unmanned precursor flights, subsequent plans and the development of Voskhod. Chapter 2 studies the Mercury missions together with unmanned and monkey flights, the development of the Redstone and Atlas boosters and the ill-fated Dyna-Soar, while the twin Voskhod missions, including the first three-man space crew, first spacewalk and plans for subsequent Voskhods to extend time in space are covered in the third chapter. Each of the Gemini missions are

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