Praxis Manned Spaceflight Log 1961-2006 (Springer Praxis Books) 2007th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0387341750
ISBN-10: 0387341757
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"This hefty (829 pages!) volume is a chronicle of every human space mission launched from Yuri Gagarin’s Vostok 1-in-April 1961 to the Soyuz TMA-9 flight to the ISS in September 2006 – 250 flights in all. It is thus an extremely useful quick-reference for any space enthusiast. … Each entry includes the basic flight statistics, the names and flight history of the crews, a summary flight log, and a box giving the flight’s key milestones. … . A very useful volume!" (David Maclennan, Liftoff, Issue 242, 2007)

About the Author

Tim Furniss is a well known author of 35 popular space science books including the bestselling Jane’s Manned Spaceflight Log, published in 1983 and updated in 1987, which sold 16,000 plus copies, but is now out of print. Dave Shayler has authored and co-authored 7 successful Space Science Springer-Praxis books and has a further 3 under contract for publication in 2004. We therefore have the ideal team of authors for this flagship book.

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  • Series: Springer Praxis Books
  • Paperback: 830 pages
  • Publisher: Praxis; 2007 edition (February 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387341757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387341750
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Y. Juhani Westman on April 20, 2007
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This one is big as a medium size telephone directory - around 820 pages - but it has to be. Chronicling some 250 space flight since April 12, 1961 up to September 29, 2006, and the participants from Yuri Gagarin to Anousheh Ansari, in lucid prose and memory-stirring photographs, this is a worthy follow-up of the Tim Furniss earlier chronicling of the first 103 space flights. That milestone was passed in April 1983. We tend to equal "space flight" with "flights to Earth Orbit" or "Flight to the Moon", but suborbital flight to more than 80 kilometres - 13 in the X-15 rocket plane and 3 in the comercial "Spaceship One" are included as official flights that reached space. Aborts during launches are also included, as are the incredibly sad listings of the crew of STS 51-L, where Gregory Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe attained only 1 minute of spaceflight experience, before that ascent was so cruelly - and unnecessarily - terminated.

The Authors have visely chosen to present all the numerical data in both metric and imperial measurement. If I have to search for something missing, I would wish for an alphabetic index of persons, who participated in which flight style, but then the size of this volume, already in that class which seriously hampers the compulsory bed-reader, clearly would have grown quite out of hand. Let us be thankful for the mass of facts we already have got here.

For the veteran armchair astronaut this volume brings back a lot of memories, and still succeeds in serving up a plethora of data that has slipped the memory over those 45 years. For the young reader, this presents the scope of Mankinds first forays off our planetary shores and trips to the offshore island of the Moon. It's an incredible history after all, and it's all here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By space1966 on February 10, 2007
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An amazing publication: covers Vostok-1 (Gagarin) to Soyuz TMA-9. Tons of info for each flight: International designation; launched; Launch site; Landed; Landing site; Launch vehicle (for the shuttle you have the tank number, the SRB set and the SSME engines); Duration; Callsign; Objective; Flight Crew; Flight Log and finally Milestones. Also three chapters cover respectively: Reaching the heavens (access/method; Space flight methods/launch systems); The Quest for Space; The orbital programmes (Vostok, Mercury, Apollo, Shuttle, Salyut, Shenzhou etc..).

An outstand reference works for anybody who is interested in the history of spaceflight!

A must have on one's bookshelf.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paolo D'angelo on March 29, 2007
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I was really impressed by the Praxis Manned Spaceflight Log 1961-2006.

Simply the best !!! A book with many details of each manned space mission since the Gagarin's flight. Highly recommended. More than 820 pages rich with any type of information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Suchman on October 24, 2008
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I have been interested in the United States manned space program since the early days of its conception and have also been an instructor of its history. I have found this book to be most helpful in covering all of the U S manned space flights, as well as the USSR manned flights, and its importance to my programs is beyond words.

The author has written the most important aspects regarding each flight so the common person, with no technical background, can understand the flight being discussed, in a very easy way. The flight descriptions are fact based and concise, pointing out the reason's for that particular flight.

I am very thankful this book was written and it is a book for any Space "buffs" library.
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