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The Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age


This highly acclaimed study approaches the space race as a problem in comparative public policy. Drawing on published literature, archival sources in ... Show synopsis

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early space history

by BruceHH on Jul 17, 2009

The author finished writing this tome shortly after the "Challenger" exploded on lift-off, killing all seven astronauts, i.e. over three decades ago. However, a lot of space history occurred before that incident. If one did not already know, Czarist Russia had scientists working on the theory of space flight; a preponderance of the early space scientists found their inspiration in writers such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells; and, the missile gap did not exist. The book is logically divided into parts - the first two being before Sputnik;followed by a parts on the U. S. space program and the Soviet program, with a concluding part philosophizing on the space ages affect on society. Though it is a lengthy work, it is worth the read.



by Braniff747 on Apr 26, 2007

This book came out in 1986--and has nothing on the Challenger disaster, the International Space Station, the Mir space station, the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Columbia breakup, China's involvement in space or any of the other questions which face the space programs around the world today. It's great for understanding the early years of the space program and the political context, but much has happened since then. At best, I'd say it is a reference that will be used by others who are writing more up-to-date, and more definitive works about mankind's venture into space.

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