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Salyut - The First Space Station: Triumph and Tragedy [Paperback]

Grujica S. Ivanovich

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May 26 2008 0387735852 978-0387735856 2008

This remarkable book gives a comprehensive account of the longest manned space mission of the time. It details for the first time the people involved and the crews assigned to operate the first space station Salyut. The book portrays the selection of the crews, dramatic flights and tragedy of Soyuz 11. Biographies of the Soyuz 11 cosmonauts are published for the first time in English. The book relates discussions between the key personnel, and investigates the causes of the tragedy. The book ends with memories of all those affected by the DOS program and the tragedy of Soyuz 11 and looks forward to a continuation of the historic mission of Salyut.


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"This work chronicles the history of the first space station, Salyut 1, which was built by the former Soviet Union and launched unmanned in April 1971. … The author also discusses the interactions between the space agency and the Kremlin in Moscow as well as other interpersonal rivalries. The book includes many excellent half-tone photographs, biographies of the cosmonauts, and a glossary. Summing Up: Recommended. Public, general, and undergraduate libraries, all levels." (J. Z. Kiss, Choice, Vol. 46 (5), January, 2009)


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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, Authoritative and Well-Researched - A Must Read! Feb. 15 2010
By Thomas A. Vasiloff - Published on Amazon.com
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Nearly 40 years after the tragic loss of the Soyuz 11 crew on June 30, 1971, Ivanovich has written a highly detailed account of the history of the first Salyut space station program. The author chronicles the events leading to establishment of the project and takes the reader through the chronology of the 23-day mission leading to the deaths of Dobrovolsky, Volkov and Patsayev. Similar to Cabbage and Harwood's "Comm Check," the book provides information on the subsequent investigation and the consequences to the Soviet/Russian space program.

Ivanovich reinforces other works that also demonstrate why the Soviets lost the moon race - inflated egos, mismanagement, bureaucracy and poor quality control - all of which resulted in the needless death of the crew. From the tragic loss, however, a more robust and safer space program ensued.

The prose is at times highly technical but reader patience is rewarded. The black-and-white photographs include many never before published. Ivanovich takes considerable effort in providing details of the lives and experiences of the three cosmonauts, including exerpts from family members.

This book is also a great companion piece to "The First Soviet Cosmonaut Team" and should be required reading for anyone who has been a follower of the Soviet/Russian space program.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent narrative of the Salyut program June 8 2011
By Haubrechts Patrick - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent book. The author choose the narrative mode instead of a blueprint analysis kind of description of the Salyut station. This text is very detailed, and we can follow the history of Salyut from its conception to the tragic end of Soyuz 11, analyzed in full details. It is interesting in that it provides plenty of portraits of key players, either actors or executives. Personalities, characters and events are explored in detail, as well as the international context and the making of crucial decisions that impacted the program. The book also contain a short biography of the persons having played a role in the program. The book contains plenty of photographs, in black and white, of a reasonable quality, given the size of the book. I was a passionate spectator of the moon race, and I recall the secrecy of the soviet regime of those days, and now, we know what happened behind the iron curtain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book, and I've only read the first 20 pages! Oct. 2 2012
By John Charles - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a well-written, through and easily readable history of the Soviet space station program from its earliest days. I'm only a few dozen pages into it but it is something of a page-turned. I don't know the author, but he seems to know what I want to learn about, and what my next question is. I am looking forward to finishing this book and then keeping it as a reference.

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