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Animals in Space: From Research Rockets to the Space Shuttle (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) Paperback – December 22, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0387360539 ISBN-10: 0387360530 Edition: 2007th

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  • Series: Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration
  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2007 edition (December 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387360530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387360539
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,641,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Animals in Space, a relentlessly factual account of animal endeavours in near Earth orbit. … The programme and its relationship to animal rights is surely fertile material for any future popular science work on the subject. … the history of animal space flight is long and fascinating. It deserves its place alongside the human stories of Vostok 1, Apollo 11 and Challenger." (New Scientist, April, 2007)

"Animals in Space is an extremely detailed, yet absorbing, history of animals used in the space programs around the world. … In addition to a list of references at the end of each chapter, the book’s documentation includes photos, charts, and lists of the U.S., Soviet, Chinese, French and international space missions (including Bion and International Space Station) that utilized animals as test and research subjects. … the book will surely serve as a standard on the subject for years to come." (Advocacy for Animals, November, 2007)

About the Author

Colin Burgess is a recognised historian in the field of space literature and has carried out extensive research on the history of animal space flights over many years. Chris Dubbs also carried out comprehensive research on Soviet animal flights. He was selected by the New Mexico Museum of Space History to serve as Guest Curator for their upcoming exhibit on the Soviet space dogs.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian M. Orenstein on May 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book belongs in the library of anyone interested in Space Memorabilia or anyone who wants an understanding of how man finally reached space.

There is a fantastic wealth of information as regards the US portion of the Race but, to some degree, anyone knowledgeable in the US program has come across at least some of this before. What is really mind blowing, at least to this reader, is the wealth of information regarding the Russian portion of the Race. Most of us have heard of Belka and Strelka, the dogs sent by the Russians into space prior to Gagarin's first flight. What we don't know is that they were only two of about 100 dogs who were actively involved in the Program.

The book is filled with photos, charts and tables that make for handy reverence and ease of use.

I would strongly recommend adding this book to any space reference library - or just for a good afternoon's read. You are sure to both learn and enjoy.

Michael Orenstein
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By edit name on October 29, 2007
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This book caught my eye at the library, so I took it home. It's strange how some things never cross one's mind... did you know that fruit flies were actually our first fellow creatures to go for a ride into space? Cool book. Thanks to the authors for putting the time into this - an enjoyable read!
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