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They were given some of the more difficult tasks in the soviet and American space quests and they performed brilliantly. Both we
on 5 July 2016
The incredible achievements of 50's , 60's and 70's feels remote and the public lost the interest in the space exploring - this book is very low in Amazon Bestsellers Rank and I bought my copy from a discount shop in Oxford.
The main reasons might be the fact that the story was told several times and today the moon landings are history, not future at least for the time being.
Apart from the Chinese willing to put their flag on it, I do not see men visiting it in the foreseeable future, unless the cost of flying can be reduced to make the exploration economically viable.
The book consists of side to side autobiographies of two of the most successful astronauts, one from each side of the iron curtain.
These two men were really exceptional, at the forefront of the first space flights and the landing on the moon. They were given some of the more difficult tasks in the soviet and American space quests and they performed brilliantly.
Both were born before the second world war, they were initially fighter pilots and their space training included science studies as well.
Scott had a privileged upbringing and he feels aristocratic, Leonov started from a very poor upbringing, but both are examples of very determined, resourceful and successful men.
I suspect both were cold, not overfriendly people, but the focus on being the best did not allowed them time for social interactions.
Leonov is a bit bitter because the soviets lost the moon race and the communism imploded together with any hope of Russian space successes.
The narratives are a bit bland, some of the dangerous incidents they faced were the subject of a recent series on Discovery and a lot of what they seen and done might be still classified, but it was an interested reading.