Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight before NASA Third Printing Edition

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"Teitel … illuminates the foundations of American spaceflight with this exceptional and detailed ‘prehistory’ of the field … fascinating new territory, filled with a galaxy of lively characters." - Publishers Weekly

"This is a good treatment of the origins of the US space program." - CHOICE magazine

"Breaking the Chains of Gravity tells the story of how we began to explore the cosmos – the lessons we had to learn the hard way – and shows why space exploration even today remains anything but routine." - Bobak Ferdowsi, Flight Director, Mars Science Laboratory

"The Space Race wasn't all about tall, silvery rockets and moon landings. Before America and Russia squared off in an expensive race for glory, a number of quirky, inventive personalities pursued their own goals, with little support. Often facing ridicule for ideas that seemed outlandish to most, they nevertheless laid the foundations for humanity's greatest achievements. Amy Shira Teitel ably chronicles these early efforts to reach beyond our home planet." - Francis French, author of IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON

"Teitel delivers on detail, such as the exploits of supersonic-flight pioneer Chuck Yeager." - Nature

About the Author

Amy Shira Teitel is an expert in the history of science, with a lifelong passion for spaceflight. An accomplished science communicator and active blogger, she makes regular appearances on Popular Science, Nerdist, and Motherboard, and hosts a YouTube channel, Vintage Space. This is her first book. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful history of the world powers getting into space
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