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Who's Who in Space Hardcover – November 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0028649658 ISBN-10: 0028649656 Edition: 3 Sub

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  • Hardcover: 665 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Library Reference; 3 Sub edition (November 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028649656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028649658
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,200,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up-Though Cassutt claims that he's not offering a complete history of manned spaceflight, he certainly tells the human story. Half again the length of the previous edition (Macmillan, 1993), this revision contains not only updated, several-hundred to several-thousand-word biographies of the 380 astronauts and cosmonauts who have actually gone into space, but also the lives of hundreds more who came close (e.g., the X-15 pilots), or who are in line for upcoming flights. Moreover, the biographies are sandwiched between personal narratives, such as a selection of Jerry Linenger's 1997 "Letters to My Son from Mir," plus detailed chapters on astronaut training, the international and private astronaut programs, and other topics, plus 10 appendixes that include charts of every spaceflight and crew to mid-1998. Black-and-white portraits appear throughout, along with a full-color section of "NASA Mission Crew Patches." Comprehensive, international in scope, and refreshingly frank in its presentation of careers and events, this unique resource belongs in every reference collection and contains more than enough new material to supersede the older edition.
John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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To coincide with the inauguration of the International Space Station program, this third edition of Cassutts biographical reference contains 80 new entries and also updates the biographies of every U.S. astronaut, Russian cosmonaut, and international astronaut who has flown or trained for space missions. Additionally, several sidebars provide astronauts firsthand accounts of training for and actually flying space missions. As valuable as the biographical updates are (e.g., several Apollo astronauts, including two of the 12 moon walkers, have died since the first edition in 1987), several appendixes enhance the utility of this reference even more with data on all manned spaceflights up to 1998, time in space logged by every space traveler, a detailed listing of the planned Space Station assembly sequence, and a full-color insert depicting NASA mission crew patches dating back to the Gemini program. Although a bit pricey, this update is recommended for subject collections.Thomas J. Frieling, Bainbridge Coll., GA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Philip Corneille on December 26, 2002
The for now (2002) last in a series of 3 books on both flown and unflown astronauts and cosmonauts. Other updated editions are the "International Space Station" edition and the "International Space Year" edition. All books are A4 format and hardcover. Some pages in the middle with color crew-photos and mission-patches.
The fourth book in the series might include all Chinese cosmonauts which are in training at Starcity since 2002.
Every astronaut/cosmonaut is presented per nationality and per background ( civilian or mililitary astronauts, etc ... ). Furthermore there's a passport-photo of each space-man or woman.
What makes it so interesting is that it provides the CV on all the astronauts/cosmonauts, and therefore anyone who has any desire to become an astronaut/cosmonaut can form an idea which studies are required. A great refernece and a must-have book for space-buffs !
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip Corneille on December 19, 2002
Who's who in space is an excellent biographic reference for readers interested in the background of Astronauts, Cosmonauts and Spationautes alike. This book groups all Astro- Cosmonauts by nationality ( US + Russian + international = ESA + CNES + ... ) and then divides them down into Military and Civilian categories. Each book ( there're 3 editions ) is A4 format, hardcover. Later edition(s) might include Chinese cosmonauts which are training at Starcity-Moscow since 2002.
Each Astronaut and Cosmonaut is represented by his or her Official Individual portrait together with a short biography and a listing of the flown missions What makes it so interesting is that it provides the CV on all the astronauts/cosmonauts, and therefore anyone who has any desire to become an astronaut/cosmonaut can form an idea which studies are required.... Great book as it also has sections on Astronaut group selection and Crewphotos and emblems of the most important US and Russian space missions ...
Book is used by some SpaceCollectors to get it signed by those who're listed inside ! A must-have for space-buffs !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colin Burgess on January 1, 2008
This mighty book is a veritable kaleidoscope of intriguing personalities; all of them with a common legacy - they were all selected at some time as a candidate to fly into space. Many made it, while others didn't for varying reasons, but they are all in here, with individual photographs accompanying each biographical entry. It is a brilliant concept, and extraordinarily handy for spaceflight researchers and biographers such as myself. It is as close to indispensible as any book can be.

The only difficulty for the author in producing such a book lies in the fact that every year, ineluctably, sees a whole new batch of spaceflight candidates selected; the reason why this book has already been revised twice (and let's hope for a fourth revision).

Moreso than any other book, "Who's Who in Space" offers a history of human spaceflight by showcasing the men and women who were and are an integral part of that history, and the author is to be commended for his diligent and ongoing research. Highly recommended in all editions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AReader on December 29, 2007
Who are the people from around the world who have traveled into space? This book will tell you.

In concise, accurate snapshots, we learn not just about the most famous spacefarers like John Glenn, Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, but also the lesser-known - people became the only person to date to fly from their country, those who were selected but never flew - a wide variety of interesting characters. As a reference to the Space Age, it is indispensible and fascinating.
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