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Stepping Stones to the Stars: The Story of Manned Spaceflight
 
 

Stepping Stones to the Stars: The Story of Manned Spaceflight [Kindle Edition]

Terry C Treadwell , Henry Hartsfield

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Stepping Stones to the Stars is the story of manned spaceflight from its inception to the era of the Space Shuttle. It begins with a short history of the evolution of the rocket, before describing the first manned rocket flights by both the Americans and the Russians. There is also the little-known story of what is thought to be the earliest manned rocket flight, said to have taken place in 1933 on the island of Rugen in the Baltic under the control of the German War Ministry. The story continues through Yuri Gagarin becoming the first person in space and Neil Armstrong's 'giant leap for mankind' to the first space stations, Skylab, Salyut and Mir. With the development of the Shuttle, the USA moved ahead in the 'space race', but the Americans and Russians soon realised that it was easier to co-operate than compete, and the two nations began to work together for the first time. Terry C Treadwell's book is a non-technical history of human spaceflight, that tells the exciting and dramatic story of how we took our early steps towards the stars.

About the Author

Terry C. Treadwell is the author of "German Fighter Aces of World War One"and "Ironworks: The Story of Grumman and Its Aircraft," as well as articles in magazines such as "Foundation," the magazine of the Smithsonian Institution. Henry Hartsfield is a retired United States Air Force officer and a former NASA astronaut who logged more than 480 hours in space.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4159 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DFM6TB4
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been a Lot Better 14 Jan 2011
By Colin Burgess - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I received this book as a gift, and I'll have to admit that I've only read selected parts. However those parts contain factual errors and if they are indicative of the rest of the book, then I'm afraid I'm not going to enjoy it. Apart from all that - where is the index; where are the sources or references? Where are the bibliography and the copyright-required photo accreditations? As the author of many books on spaceflight history, I find these lapses both annoying and astonishing. Even on the ISBN page the cover photo can't be identified; to say it is Apollo -- instead of Apollo 15 is a poor start to the book (and by the way, Apollo 15 was in July 1971, not April 1971). As well, the back cover photo is misidentified as Bruce McCandless, when in fact it is Edward White II.

The author's lack of depth of research also has him repeating the oft-told and non-respectful fantasy of Vladimir Komarov's final hours on Soyuz 1. Yes, Komarov's spacecraft had problems on orbit, which eventually called for the mission to be terminated, but his re-entry was quite normal up until the time of parachute deployment. The rubbish about him crying in space, making wills, talking with his wife, and cursing out everyone associated with his flight has been long refuted by serious spaceflight researchers and historians such as Asif Siddiqi. In perpetuating this horrible myth, the author is quite disrespectful of a brave cosmonaut and his memory. He was an exemplary and calm pilot right through to the end.

As well, there are easily-seen errors such as calling the Lunar Module Eagle a LEM in a photo caption. That term had been abandoned well ahead of Apollo 11; it was subsequently identified as a LM. Also, according to the photo caption on page 103, Ron Evans is shown walking on the moon. That would have been rather difficult, as Ron Evans was the CM pilot on Apollo 17 (which meant he never set foot on the moon). The photo is actually of Charlie Duke walking on the moon on Apollo 16.

The first Earth satellite was only known as Sputnik, followed by Sputnik 2. On page 21 the author identifies the first Sputnik as Korabl-Sputnik 1, but a quick fact check would have shown him that the satellite designated Korabl-Sputnik 1 was actually Sputnik 4.

This book is a nice outline of spaceflight history, but a lack of basic research does not endear it to me.
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