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A book that captures every aspect of the astonishing developments that have taken place in space exploration over the last six decades. From the invention of rocket power and the launch of the first Earth-orbiting satellite, Sputnik, it traces the development of space exploration with a collection of remarkable images. Among the events captured as the momentous flight of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to orbit the Earth in Vostok 1 in April, 1961, the early Mercury spaceflights, which saw the Americans achieve their goals of putting astronauts into orbit; the flight of Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space; the first spacewalks; the Gemini missions, and the Apollo 11 mission when Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon. The book goes on to cover the development of space stations in the 1970s which culminated in a new era of collaboration with the link up of Apollo and Soyuz; the missions of the US space shuttle and the Russian Mir Space Station. there are also many images from unpiloted missions and craft including the incredible images brought to the world by the Hubble Space Telescope. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Andrew Chaikin has been writing books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for more than two decades. He is best known as the author of the acclaimed A Man on the Moon, the definitive story of the Apollo missions which was made into the multi-award winning television series From the Earth to the Moon produced by Tom Hanks. He is Executive Editor of Space.com and is also the author of Air and Space, The National Air and Space Museum Story of Flight, produced by the Smithsonian Museum. He lives in Vermont, USA.