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China in Space: The Great Leap Forward (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) Paperback – March 27, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1461450429 ISBN-10: 146145042X Edition: 2013th

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“The book contains very good descriptions of the Chinese space program, including its bureaus, testing facilities, launching complexes, and rockets, and in-depth coverage of the wide range of Chinese satellites along with their functions and ground stations. … Useful for readers interested in space exploration and technology, or in Chinese capabilities and plans. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers.” (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 51 (2), October, 2013)

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The 21st century has seen the emergence, after the Soviet Union and the United States, of the third great space superpower: China. Here, in China in Space - The Great Leap Forward, Brian Harvey takes a contemporary look at the new Chinese space program.

China has already launched its first space station, Tiangong; has sent its first spacecraft to the Moon, the Chang e; and has plans to send spaceships to Mars and further afield. China's annual launch rate has already overtaken those of both Europe and the United States. Huge new production plants and launch centers are under construction, to build and launch the new family of Long March 5, 6, and 7 rockets. In Roadmap 2050, the Academy of Sciences indicates that China intends to be the leading spacefaring nation by mid-century, with bases on the Moon and Mars.

This book gives an informed, fully up-to-date commentary on all aspects of the Chinese space program, including its history, development, technology, missions, and the personalities involved. It lists all the Chinese launches, missions, and terminology, going behind the press releases to draw on hitherto unused scientific papers and sources. China in Space is a unique, forward-looking account of the Chinese space program, covering its full range of missions: manned, communications, scientific, military, technology-testing, and lunar.

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Product Details

  • Series: Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration
  • Paperback: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2013 edition (March 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146145042X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461450429
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By foxmulder_ms on May 12, 2013
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I loved this book. It is not only a great source about Chinese space projects but also a great read which I finished in only 2 days. The Flight of Yang Liwei is written so well I've get goosebumps!

Very balanced look at Chinese space exploration, no political prejudice or anything like that.

There are little mistakes here and there such as H-6 being a Chinese Tu-95 :) but nothing major.

I suggest everyone who are interested in space exploration to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Haubrechts Patrick on January 12, 2014
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An outstanding book for the casual reader interested by the Chinese space program. It is an understatement to say that western medias don’t report about the Chinese space program in a rational, balanced and neutral mode. Most of the time, they insist on failures or controversial issues. ( Just consider the lack of media exposure about Cheng e 3, moon landing and robot deployment, first time successful, compared with similar western events )

This is why such a book allows the reader to get some better, unbiased and exhaustive information. The book organization is a bit puzzling, being organized by programs, and not, as you would expect, as an historical report of the development of China’s space effort. Starting by the latest ( at printing time ) achievement, Tiangong, the author examines each program in an historical manner. Each chapter is dedicated to a program, and is ended by a recap table of the program, making it a excellent way of learning about a specific program without having to read the entire book. ( what you should do anyway ! ).
The book ends with a description of the future projects, space launchers, moon landing, space station,etc. giving a very good insight of the state of projects at this point of time.
One of the surprises I had was to realise how much information Chinese provide about their programs, and the publicity given before launches, as well as their policy to make them public beforehand, a complete change from the USSR way during the cold war. This is to be put in contrast with what you get through our western medias concerning Chinese space events.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on April 23, 2014
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On p.335, in the section on Mars 500, the guys calls the Chinese doctor "Chinaman." Ridiculous. Can't believe he can be so racist.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dds on October 26, 2014
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I like this book . why should the USA the only nation to have success in space ?
china is a very old nation , watch out .
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