Spaceflight [3 volumes]: A Historical Encyclopedia
This book is a comprehensive history of the first six decades of space exploration, from the end of World War II to the modern era of routine international cooperation in space.
From Sputnik to Soyuz, Mercury 7 to the International Space Station, Spaceflight: A Historical Encyclopedia spans the entire half-century of space travel like no other reference ever published.
The 700 articles in Spaceflight cover every human space mission, as well all significant robotic lunar and planetary space exploration programs, from the 1950s through to the 2008 Space Shuttle and Soyuz flights. While most of the encyclopedia focuses on the United States and former Soviet Union, Spaceflight goes beyond other works of this type to explore the space-related initiatives of countries around the world, including long-time space powers such as France, the other member nations of the European Space Agency, and the emerging space programs of China and India. Many of the entries are biographical, including portraits of NASA's first five groups of astronauts, space shuttle astronauts, Russian cosmonauts, and other non-U.S., non-Russian astronauts who have spent significant time in space.
• Comprises 700 A–Z entries covering every human spaceflight and all significant robotic space exploration programs, with hundreds of biographical entries
• Includes 148 beautiful and historic photographs illustrating all major articles, including international (non-U.S., non-Russian) space programs, action photos showing astronauts and cosmonauts at work in space, and photos of space vehicles and equipment
• Provides bibliographic listings, organized by topic, of print and online sources for further reading
• Includes complete chronologies of the space shuttle and Soyuz programs through 2008
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