on 20 December 2002
The first in a series of 3 books on both flown and unflown astronauts and cosmonauts. Other updated editions are the “International Space Station” edition and the “International Space Year” edition. All books are A4 format and hardcover. Some pages in the middle with color crew-photos and mission-patches.
The fourth book in the series might include all Chinese cosmonauts which are in training at Starcity since 2002.
Every astronaut/cosmonaut is presented per nationality and per background ( civilian or mililitary astronauts, etc … ). Furthermore there’s a passport-photo of each space-man or woman.
What makes it so interesting is that it provides the CV on all the astronauts/cosmonauts, and therefore anyone who has any desire to become an astronaut/cosmonaut can form an idea which studies are required. A great refernece and a must-have book for space-buffs !
on 1 January 2008
This mighty book is a veritable kaleidoscope of intriguing personalities; all of them with a common legacy - they were all selected at some time as a candidate to fly into space. Many made it, while others didn't for varying reasons, but they are all in here, with individual photographs accompanying each biographical entry. It is a brilliant concept, and extraordinarily handy for spaceflight researchers and biographers such as myself. It is as close to indispensible as any book can be.
The only difficulty for the author in producing such a book lies in the fact that every year, ineluctably, sees a whole new batch of spaceflight candidates selected; the reason why this book has already been revised twice (and let's hope for a fourth revision).
Moreso than any other book, "Who's Who in Space" offers a history of human spaceflight by showcasing the men and women who were and are an integral part of that history, and the author is to be commended for his diligent and ongoing research. Highly recommended in all editions.