Outposts on the Frontier: A Fifty-Year History of Space Stations
The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest man-made structure to orbit Earth and has been conducting research for close to a decade and a half. Yet it is only the latest in a long line of space stations and laboratories that have flown in orbit since the early 1970s. The histories of these earlier programs have been all but forgotten as the public focused on other, higher-profile adventures such as the Apollo moon landings.
A vast trove of stories filled with excitement, danger, humor, sadness, failure, and success, Outposts on the Frontier reveals how the Soviets and the Americans combined strengths to build space stations over the past fifty years. At the heart of these scientific advances are people of both greatness and modesty. Jay Chladek documents the historical tapestry of the people, the early attempts at space station programs, and how astronauts and engineers have contributed to and shaped the ISS in surprising ways. Outposts on the Frontier delves into the intriguing stories behind the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory, the Almaz and Salyut programs, Skylab, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, Spacelab, Mir station, Spacehab, and the ISS and gives past-due attention to Vladimir Chelomei, the Russian designer whose influence in space station development is as significant as Sergei Korolev’s in rocketry.
Outposts on the Frontier is an informative and dynamic history of humankind’s first outposts on the frontier of space.
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Chelomei and Almaz
The Apollo Applications Project
The Rocky Road to Salyut Success
Soviet Space Station Mir
Photo of the New YorkNew Jersey area on 11 September 2001
The sts107 crew inside the Spacehab lab module
The iss as it looked from late 2002 to 2006
The iss emu
Scott Parazynski on the obss arm extension
The Odd Couple
Space shuttle Atlantis docked with Mir on sts71
The complete Mir complex
Damage to Spektr after the Progress collision
The International Space Station
The Americanbuilt Unity node
The crew of iss Expedition 1
The iss as viewed from sts124
Expedition 20 crewmembers
The completed iss with space shuttle Endeavour docked to it
Expedition 30 liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodromes Site No 1
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