Soviets in Space

Soviets in Space : Russia's Cosmonauts and the Space Frontier

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In this deeply researched chronology, Colin Burgess describes the Soviet Union's extraordinary success in the pioneering years of space exploration. Within a decade the Soviets not only launched the world's first satellite, but were the first to send an animal and a human being into Earth orbit. More than that, their ground-breaking missions sent a woman into space, launched a three-man spacecraft and included the first person to walk in space.
Six decades on from the historic spaceflight of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, Burgess guides us through the amazing achievements of Russia's spaceflight programme through to the present day, introducing the men and women who have flown the missions as we seek to delve ever deeper into the wonders and complexities of the cosmos.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 85 illustrations
  • 1789146321
  • 9781789146325

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"Soviets in Space reveals a journey of spectacular success, triumph, and intrigue, but also a path hindered by frustration, failure, and tragedy. During the latter half of the twentieth century, the Soviets dared to take age-old dreams and turn them into reality but unlike the Americans, their efforts were mostly conducted behind a veil of secrecy and propaganda. In this authoritative account, the key people, events, and missions are revealed from a time that created a new era in history, that of human spaceflight."--David J. Shayler, human spaceflight historian and coauthor of The Rocket Men, Soyuz, and Russia's Cosmonauts
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About Colin Burgess

Colin Burgess is author or editor of almost 40 books on the military and spaceflight, including Selecting the Mercury Seven: The Search for America's First Astronauts (2011). He lives in Sydney, Australia.
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