- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan; 2nd edition (1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0025428209
- ISBN-13: 978-0025428201
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.9 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,905,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Manned Spacecraft (The Pocket Encyclopedia of Spaceflight in Color) Hardcover – 1976
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The book that I received is the Second Revision (3rd Edition) published in 1976. The 1st Edition was published in 1967, prior to the first moon landing, so the First and Second Revisions include events that happened after the original publication. There is also material that looks forward to the construction of the Space Shuttle. The book includes layout, operational capabilities and mission histories for the Soviet space vehicles as well as those of the US. Pages 17 to 96 are color images that depict operations, schematics, and photographs.
I got the book because of the description of the Gemini 11 mission that rendezvoused with the Agena target vehicle, attached a 100 ft tether, and spun at a rate to generate artificial gravity of 0.00015 g's (pp. 180-182). There is a color photo of the Agena target vehicle in a downward orientation, and adjoining tether, on page 49. (The tether was also tested as a means of stabilizing the Gemini/Agena system in a vertical orientation by means of the Earth gravity gradient.Read more ›