Astronautics: A Historical Perspective of Mankind's Efforts to Conquer the Cosmos, Book 2
An accessible and elucidating account of the events surrounding America's commitment to land a man on the moon, this follow-up book demonstrates how that venture shaped the future of space exploration. Topics ranging from the Gemini, Voskhod, Soyuz, and Apollo programs to the development of the space shuttle and the evolution of the International Space Station are detailed. The politics and contemporary events of the period and how they influenced space exploration are also explored.
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