|Russia in space : the failed frontier?
|New York, NY : Springer, 2001
|Springer-Praxis books in astronomy and space sciences
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|Includes bibliographical references and index
|Astronautics and state--Russia (Federation) ; Astronautics and state--Soviet Union--History
In the 1950s and 1960s, Soviet rockets conquered the cosmos. The Russians put the first satellite into orbit, the first man into space and landed the first probes on the moon. They sent spaceships to Mars and Venus. Not for nothing were these later called the golden years of the Soviet space program!
By the early 21st century, the Soviet dream of conquering space had become a nightmare. Budgets ran out, space industries contracted, space facilities rotted, the tracking ships were scrapped. Ambitious programs like the space shuttle Buran, were canceled. The great space station Mir was contracted out to private investors and tourists, and even the personal effects of cosmonauts were auctioned in a doomed, desperate attempt to keep the Russian space program alive.
"Russia in space - the failed frontier?" tells the inside story of the traumatic events that engulfed the once-glorious Soviet space proram. It is a story of desperation and decline, but also a tale of heroic efforts to save the space station Mir and the construction -along with their old rivals, the Americans- of the new International Space Station (ISS).
So perhaps this isn't the end. The 1990s saw the introduction in Russia of powerful new rockets, commercialization, advanced spycraft, the building of new cosmodromes and the recruitment of new teams of cosmonauts. Only time will tell, but Russia could be a great spacefaring nation once again.