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The Rocket Men : Vostok and Voskhod, the First Soviet Manned Spaceflights Paperback – April 10, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-1852333911 ISBN-10: 185233391X Edition: 2001st

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  • Series: Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2001 edition (April 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185233391X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852333911
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,316,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John R. Keller on July 14, 2001
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Over the past few years Spring-Praxis has begun publishing high quality books about various aspects of space exploration, ranging from robotic missions to human exploration. This book is latest entry in series and continues the tradition of providing high caliber books. This time, the book focuses on the development of the Russian space program and the early flights (both men and women). While the book covers all the usual Russian firsts, like the first man and women crew into space and the first EVA, there are also a lot of other firsts, like the first civilians into space, which are covered as well. This truly an excellent book and presents a lot new information in a relatively non-technical way.
The book is divided into four main sections. The first section deals with the early Russian space pioneers, like Tsiolkovsky, and the development of the ballooning programs. The next section, which is the largest section, focuses on the Korolyov (The Chief Designer) and the development of the early Russian space program. The third section covers the early human space flight missions and the final section examines the unmanned vehicles that followed. Occasionally a few paragraphs about the US program are presented, to allow the reader to better gauge the Russian progress.
The first section of the book examines the early space flight theories of Tsiolkovsky and the early Russian pioneering efforts in stratospheric ballooning with the goal of trying to set a new manned altitude record. Two important benefits that came about due to these efforts were the development of pressurized suits for low altitudes and the understanding of parachuting fundamentals and parachutes clubs, which were ultimately applied, to the Russian space program.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert K. Andrepont on January 20, 2008
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The Rocket Men is a must read, along with the authors' Soyuz and David Harland's Mir, for anyone wanting to know about the Soviet space program. When it happened, all we knew about was what Soviet propaganda told us. Now that records are available, people are available to talk, we have a more complete story of those days. The book also debunks or verifies different myths from those days on disappearing astronauts and astronaut deaths and other aspects of the Soviet program.
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Content is good but in my copy the unevenness of the ink on the page of the printing is quite distracting; page on left will look almost bold, page on right like a dry typewriter ribbon was used. Also jarring is occasional use of conspicuously different font size in order to fit complete words in one line of print.
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