Soviet and Russian Lunar Exploration
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Soviet and Russian Lunar Exploration

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This book tells the story of the Soviet and Russian lunar programme, from its origins to the present-day federal Russian space programme. Brian Harvey describes the techniques devised by the USSR for lunar landing, from the LK lunar module to the LOK lunar orbiter and versions tested in Earth's orbit. He asks whether these systems would have worked and examines how well they were tested. He concludes that political mismanagement rather than technology prevented the Soviet Union from landing cosmonauts on the moon. The book is well timed for the return to the moon by the United States and the first missions there by China and India.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 18.8mm | 1,060g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 2007
  • 124 Illustrations, black and white; XXII, 318 p. 124 illus.
  • 0387218963
  • 9780387218960
  • 851,631

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Little is known of Soviet and Russian lunar exploration although, in fact, the Soviet Union/Russia:



Sent the first spaceships past the moon, the first to hit the moon and the first to circle the moon



Was first to soft land on and orbit the moon



Was first to send a spaceship around the moon and recover it on Earth



Came very close to sending a cosmonaut around the moon first



Built and successfully tested, in Earth orbit, a lunar lander



Pioneered sophisticated, precise high-speed reentries into the Earth's atmosphere



Came close to perfecting a giant moon rocket, the N-1



Retrieved three sets of rock samples from the moon by automatic spacecraft



Landed advanced roving laboratories that explored the moon for months on end, traveling 48km



Designed long-term lunar bases.







These were remarkable achievements requiring a considerable level of engineering sophistication and have a place in the contemporary story of astronautics. Recent landings on Mars use, essentially, the very techniques developed by Russia to land on and explore the moon in the 1960s and 1970s.







As an acknowledged expert and author of several books on the Soviet and Russian space programme, Brian Harvey is ideally suited to cover not only the engineering and scientific side but also the human stories of the Soviet and Russian lunar programme. These include those of the cosmonaut squad that trained to land on the moon, but was stood down, and of the designers who tried to realise the dream of a Russian moon, from Tikhonravov to Mishin: a Soviet lunar programme was first proposed by designer Mikhail Tikhonravov in a children's magazine in 1951 and he persuaded a sceptical Soviet leadership of the value of a moon programme. Following Sputnik, the first lunar flights quickly achieved the key goals of hitting, circling and photographing the moon in 1959. The Soviet Union achieved all the early 'firsts' in lunar exploration, such as soft landing and orbiting the moon, and Brian Harvey will recount the frantic efforts to rival America's Apollo and the dramatic hours of 21st July 1969, when Russia tried to soft land Luna 15 in the Sea of Crises even as Armstrong and Aldrin explored the moon in the nearby Sea of Tranquility.
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Table of contents

Origins of the Soviet lunar programme.- The first moon probes.- Planning the lunar landing.- The soft- landers and orbiters.- The first cosmonauts to the moon.- Around the moon.- Samplers, rovers and orbiters.- Return to the moon.- List of all Soviet moon probes (and related missions).- Bibliographical note and bibliography.
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"Brian Harvey, who has written a number of books on aspects of Soviet/Russian space programmes, has produced an excellent work in this latest volume. ... A good feature of this book are the little summaries at the end of each chapter or major section, as well as the various statistical tables. There are also lots of illustrations. ... Anyone with an interest in the history of Soviet/Russian space activities would find ... illuminating and rewarding." (Liftoff, Issue 239, 2007)

"Harvey concisely covers the Soviet space program from the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s. ... The book is very readable and a good general survey of the history of the Soviet lunar program ... . This would be a good first book for learning about the Soviet lunar program. It has a fairly extensive bibliography for those who wish to delve deeper into this area. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates." (D. B. Mason, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (2), 2007)
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"Brian Harvey, who has written a number of books on aspects of Soviet/Russian space programmes, has produced an excellent work in this latest volume. ... A good feature of this book are the little summaries at the end of each chapter or major section, as well as the various statistical tables. There are also lots of illustrations. ... Anyone with an interest in the history of Soviet/Russian space activities would find ... illuminating and rewarding." (Liftoff, Issue 239, 2007)


"Harvey concisely covers the Soviet space program from the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s. ... The book is very readable and a good general survey of the history of the Soviet lunar program ... . This would be a good first book for learning about the Soviet lunar program. It has a fairly extensive bibliography for those who wish to delve deeper into this area. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates." (D. B. Mason, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (2), 2007)
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