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Space Stations: Base Camps to the Stars [Hardcover]

Roger D. Launius
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May 17 2003
This new edition of Space Stations: Base Camp to the Stars, winner of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics History Manuscript Award, has been fully updated to tell the complete story of the vision, technological achievement and political infighting that led to the establishment of the first space stations. From winged rocket ships, to the epic, controversy-wracked sagas of Mir and the International Space Station, this highly original blend of history and popular culture explains why the dream of a permanently occupied space outpost has captivated so many for so long. Ninety-five arresting images, many rare and never before published, illustrate this thought-provoking narrative of the evolution of the space station as cultural icon.

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Roger D. Launius, former chief historian of NASA, is a member of the Space History Division of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book on the History of Space Stations Aug. 13 2003
Format:Hardcover
"Space Station: Base Camps to the Stars" is a fantastic book detaling in sweeping perspective the exciting and little known history of space stations, from their origins to the ISS. Each chapter covers a major episode in the history of our endeavors to establish a permanent human presence in space. With rigorous historical research and a keen understanding of how space programs work, Roger Launius describes and analyzes how early dreams and concepts have turned into reality, and sometimes disillusions. Lessons from our cumulative space station experiences for the future are also drawn. These lessons will be key to assimilate not just for future space station efforts but indeed if we are to successfully return to the Moon or send humans to Mars.
The book is beautifully illustrated with many rare drawings, paintings, photographs and other documents. Comprehensive notes with bibliographical information are also provided. These make for a very valuable reference that should appeal to the interested lay reader and specialist alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book on the History of Space Stations Aug. 13 2003
By Pascal Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"Space Station: Base Camps to the Stars" is a fantastic book detaling in sweeping perspective the exciting and little known history of space stations, from their origins to the ISS. Each chapter covers a major episode in the history of our endeavors to establish a permanent human presence in space. With rigorous historical research and a keen understanding of how space programs work, Roger Launius describes and analyzes how early dreams and concepts have turned into reality, and sometimes disillusions. Lessons from our cumulative space station experiences for the future are also drawn. These lessons will be key to assimilate not just for future space station efforts but indeed if we are to successfully return to the Moon or send humans to Mars.
The book is beautifully illustrated with many rare drawings, paintings, photographs and other documents. Comprehensive notes with bibliographical information are also provided. These make for a very valuable reference that should appeal to the interested lay reader and specialist alike.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating History on Space Stations Jan. 18 2014
By OtherWorlds&Wisdom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When you pick up a heavily illustrated book like this, you might wonder if you're just getting a coffee table book. However, this book is a detailed history of space stations from their appearance in sci-fi, to the real thing embodied by the Sayluts, Skylab, Mir and ISS. The stories behind these real stations are for more adventurous and dramatic than many people realize. The only shortcoming of this book is that it only goes through the early ISS missions and not through assembly completion and current habitation. See also Dragonfly and Riding Rockets for more on the shuttle era. See also the author's book Imagining Space.
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