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Space Stations: Base Camps to the Stars Hardcover

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Short History of Space Stations 31 July 2011
By Andrew - Published on
Format: Hardcover
From the earliest concepts before the launch of Sputnik to the present-day International Space Station, this book attempts to cover the history of the development of space stations.

Starting out with the earliest theories on the subject with large, circular stations being dominant. Then it turns to what NASA would do in the post-Apollo days. The design ended up becoming Skylab, constructed with hardware leftover from Apollo.

The Soviet Union also placed emphasis on space station projects. First with the series of Salyut stations, both civilian and military. And then with the Mir Space Station.

During the 80s and early 90s, NASA attempted to create the Space Station Freedom. A variety of organizational and budget problems caused it to never leave the drawing board.

International cooperation after the Cold War ended lead to the Shuttle-Mir project and then to the eventual construction of the International Space Station. As the ISS nears completion, some people question it usefulness.

Also included in the book are many full-color pictures showing the concepts from the early days to concepts of Space Station Freedom, and photographs from the Skylab, Salyut, Mir, and ISS programs.

I did feel the Salyut and Mir stations got kind of short-changed in this book. Also, coverage of the actual missions to Skylab was rather short. But still, this was a decent, but short, look at the history of space stations.
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