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Russia in space : the failed frontier?
Harvey, Brian, 1953-
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Chichester, UK : Praxis ; New York : Springer, 2001.
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xvii, 330 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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TL789.8.R8 H37 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Until the Apollo-Soyuz flight of 1972, the Russian Space Program was shrouded in such complete secrecy that only rumors of failures (or catastrophes) reached the West. This comprehensive history of the Russian Space Program, from its Sputnik origins to the privatized Mir Space Station, addresses the technical, political, historical, human, and organizational issues and provides a balanced focus on the manned and unmanned programs. It is the first book to assess the Russian Space Program including the 10-year period since the fall of communism.

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Harvey presents a good summary of all aspects of the Russian space program and an excellent summary of Russian activities since the Cold War ended. The author includes very thorough, item-by-item descriptions of each aspect of the manned program, international participation, and of military, scientific, communication, and other civilian satellites including their design, their launch vehicles, their engines, and their launch sites. Harvey documents the decline in the Russian program and comes down somewhat hard on the problems that the Russians have faced since the downfall of the Soviet regime. Yet, despite the decline, the book is hopeful about the longer-term reconstitution of the Russian space program. Harvey writes well and includes well-chosen anecdotes. Good photographs, tables, and maps; complete summary of Russian space launches from 1992 to 2000; six pages of notes and references; seven-page index. Highly recommended as a thorough, well-balanced, up-to-date treatise of the Russian space program. All levels. W. E. Howard III formerly, Universities Space Research Association