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Reaching for the Moon : A Short History of the Space Race - Roger D Launius

Reaching for the Moon

A Short History of the Space Race

Hardcover Published: 9th July 2019
ISBN: 9780300230468
Number Of Pages: 256

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At the dawn of the space age, technological breakthroughs in Earth orbit flight were both breathtaking feats of ingenuity and disturbances to a delicate global balance of power. In this short book, aerospace historian Roger D. Launius concisely and engagingly explores the driving force of this era: the race to the Moon. Beginning with the launch of Sputnik 1 in October 1957 and closing with the end of the Apollo program in 1972, Launius examines how early space exploration blurred the lines between military and civilian activities, and how key actions led to space firsts as well as crushing failures.

Launius places American and Soviet programs on equal footing-following American aerospace engineers Wernher von Braun and Robert Gilruth, their Soviet counterparts Sergei Korolev and Valentin Glushko, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin and cosmonaut Alexei Leonov-to highlight key actions that led to various successes, failures, and ultimately the American Moon landing.

ISBN: 9780300230468
ISBN-10: 030023046X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 9th July 2019
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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