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Rocket And Space Corporation Energia: Apogee Books Space Series 17 [Paperback]

Robert Godwin
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July 1 2001 Apogee Books Space Series
A small metal sphere weighing slightly more than 83 kilograms was placed into an elliptical orbit by the mighty R-7 rocket. It was perhaps one of the most significant moments in human history. The date was October 4th 1957 and the sphere was called Sputnik.

When the world's first artificial satellite sped across the night skies the impact was far-reaching and profound. Not only was this clearly one of the great scientific achievements of the modern age but it was also a catalyst which would propel the United States out of its post-War lethargy. The Political significance of the lift-capability of the R-7 rocket aroused the attentions of the West while irrevocably altering the face of human history. The Space Age had begun. The story of the R-7 rocket and its many offspring is one which still remains a mystery in the West. Now in the post-Cold war era the remarkable accomplishments of the engineers of Rocket & Space Corporation Energia are finally reaching eager readers in the West.

The pages within contain a pictorial record encompassing the entire history of the Russian space programme, from its inception at the end of World War II to the present day.

The sheer wealth of original and durable technology is a testament to the ingenuity of a remarkable people and gives a unique glimpse a the future of the historic partnership between East and West.

Published for the first time completely in English, Rocket & Space Corporation Energia features rare pictures and diagrams including:

Sputnik - Yuri Gagarin's Vostok capsule - the world's first Space Stations - the enormous lunar rocket N1 - Russia's interplanetary probes and the Buran shuttle.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Find the Russian edition Oct. 6 2003
Interesting book, but try to find the original Russian edition if you are interested in early Soviet space technology. The Russian version is in a larger format and has much higher quality prints of the photos.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A subject we do not hear too much about. Sept. 7 2002
As mentioned in another review, unlike the NASA MISSION REPORTS this is "merely" the translation of a Russian brochure dealing with the Soviet/Russian Space programme. As such a different standard has to be set in terms of expectations.
In my lowly opinion, despite the obvious lack of detail on Russian space missions except for a select few this brochure offers a glimpse into one of the other major spacefaring powers and how they approach spaceflight, that we even now only rarely get to see.
To my thinking this translation provides a perfect introduction to the Russian space programme and should encourage people who are interested to find out more about the Russian space missions.
If we are lucky perhaps we will see Russian Mission Reports in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rocket and Space Corporation Energia Aug. 7 2002
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This book is a translation of a promotional brochure that was issued by the S.P. Korolev Space Corporation Energia, the Russian counterpart of NASA (an organization dedicated to commercial use of space technology). This short work includes a brief chronological account of Russian successes in space. The failures receive scant attention. Most of the work--and its sole value for scholars--consists of photographs and illustrations, primarily of rockets and space stations. Slickly produced, this slim volume is designed to appeal to potential users of Russian space technology. It concludes with the necessary contact information for an "agreement on services." Not for academic audiences.
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