Very good in very good jacket. xxvii, , 397,  pages. Illustrations. References. Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era 1961 1965 is a 2007 non-fiction book by space historians Francis French and Colin Burgess. Drawing on a number of original personal interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts and those who worked closely with them, the book chronicles the American and Russian programs from 1961 onwards, from the first human spaceflight of Yuri Gagarin through the Mercury, Vostok and Voskhod flights, up to the first space walk by Alexei Leonov. The book is the first volume in the Outward Odyssey spaceflight history series by the University of Nebraska Press. The space program history continues chronologically in the follow-on book In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965 1969. Into That Silent Sea was named as a finalist for the 2007 Eugene M. Emme Award given by the American Astronautical Society. Francis French (born 1970) is an author from Manchester, England, specializing in space flight history. He is a former director of events for Sally Ride Science, and a director at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. French's space history writing is noted for the amount of personal interviews with astronauts and cosmonauts, including Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter, and Pavel Popovich. In addition, French is a contributor to the magazine of the British Interplanetary Society, and is a Fellow of the society. In 2005, astronaut Wally Schirra personally inducted French into the astronaut branch of the Ancient Order of Turtles. French has made appearances as a space expert on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, Science Channel, and The Space Show, as well as the BBC World Service, NPR's "All Things Considered, " ABC and other international broadcast shows. Both of French's 2007 books, Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961 1965 and In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965 1969 were named as finalists for the 2007 Eugene M. Emme Award given by the American Astronautical Society. In 2008, French received the AIAA "Outstanding Contribution to Aerospace Education" award, and the "Outstanding Community Support" award for San Diego from the National Space Society. In 2011, French's co-authored book "Falling To Earth" made the top 12 of the LA Times Bestseller list. On 20 August 2010, French was inducted into the US Space & Rocket Center's Space Camp Hall of Fame for his contributions to space history writing plus making science and technology accessible and understandable to family audiences. French joined notable names in space history in the Hall of Fame such as rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun and NASA astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger. Colin Burgess (born 1947) is an Australian author and historian, specializing in space flight and military history. He lives in New South Wales. Two of Burgess's co-authored 2007 books, Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961 1965 and In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965 1969 were named as finalists for the 2007 Eugene M. Emme Award given by the American Astronautical Society.
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