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The continuing story of the International Space Station
Bond, Peter, 1948-
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London ; New York : Springer ; Chichester, UK : Published in association with Praxis Pub., [2002]

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xviii, 392 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
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TL797 .B66 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In this fascinating and well-written text Peter Bond describes the development and evolution of space stations. Particular emphasis is placed on the International Space Station, beginning with the revolution that began in 1970, when Salyut 1, the world's first space station was sent into orbit by the Soviet Union. Defeated in the race to the Moon, the Soviets redirected their efforts towards the conquest of near-Earth space. In the next three decades, their increasingly large and sophisticated structures rewrote the history books as cosmonauts continued to push back all space endurance records. In clear and concise language the book explains how the human exploitation of low-Earth orbit is about to change.

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The US, Brazil, Canada, Russia, and 11 European countries plan to build and then maintain the International Space Station (ISS) for 15 years so that there is a permanent human outpost in space. Bond's excellent book provides the historical and technical background for the ISS and is current to January 2002. Most of the photographs and diagrams are in black and white, but a few pages of color plates are included. The history of space stations (Skylab, Mir) and the particularly torturous history of the ISS are covered in detail. The space transport vehicles used for the ISS and the complexity of its construction, which began in November 1998, are carefully described. The discussion of the political aspects of building and using the ISS are one of the most interesting aspects of the book. Themes that emerge are the continual attempts to cancel or downsize the station and the heavy-handedness of the US despite the fact that this is an "international" effort. The controversies continue today since the crew of the ISS had been cut from seven to three astronauts, enough to maintain the station but providing little time for scientific research. General readers; faculty. J. Z. Kiss Miami University