The Superpower Space Race: An Explosive Rivalry through the Solar System

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Chronicles the U.S. and Soviet exploration of the Moon, Venus, and Mars through the 1980s

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When the U.S.S.R. launched the first satellite into Earth orbit on October 4, 1957, a wave of fear and awe shook the world. In the heart of the Cold War, this first satellite was a threatening show of power and the decisive event that led to the infamous space rivalry between the U.S.S.R. and the United States. Launching missile after missile skyward, each superpower goaded its rival with impressive feats in space, each determined to prove to the world its technological superiority. As this engrossing work so clearly shows, it was in this pressure cooker of competition that each country achieved undreamed-of advances, stretching the boundaries of humankind's domain and giving us the first thrilling close-ups of the heavenly bodies in our solar system. The Space Age proved to be a rare instance in history, an era when two nations managed to call on their best and brightest to work single-mindedly toward a goal. Funded by millions of dollars and employing the talents of the top scientists and engineers from universities, the military, and, in the United States, the private sector, the space programs on each side of the Iron Curtain worked with determination and genius to build the incredible craft that would take us to the Moon and beyond. Robert Reeves, a respected historian of the Space Age and contributor to Astronomy, Amateur Astronomy, and Deep Sky Journal, describes the massive power and capabilities of these spaceships. Designed to overcome staggering obstacles, our spaceships accomplished what was once deemed impossible. Both the Soviets and the Americans succeeded in landing craft with amazing precision on the nearly airless surface of the Moon. American space probes touched downon the rocky surface of Mars, while the Soviets succeeded in building probes that could withstand the hellish heat and deadly pressure of the Venusian surface, transmitting photographs and readings that were inaccessible from Earth. Scientists today are still analyzing this invaluable information, deducing the story of our solar system by studying the craters on the Moon, the mysterious channels on Mars, and the nightmarish surface of Venus. Reeves illuminates the brilliant achievements and bitter tragedies of conquering the inner solar system. Fueled by pride and national honor, funded by politicians, and designed by the leading engineers of the world, each hard-earned mission was at once a political triumph for each nation and a scientific triumph for humankind. Reeves traces this most exciting history from its extraordinary genesis to the present and looks toward future cooperative ventures which will, with funding, luck, and united effort, yield knowledge and adventure beyond our wildest dreams.|As this engrossing work so clearly shows, it was in this pressure cooker of competition (The Space Age) that each country achieved undreamed-of advances, stretching the boundaries of humankind's domain and giving us the first thrilling close-ups of the heavenly bodies in our solar system.

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Both this book's title and subtitle are a trifle misleading, for Reeves covers only U.S. and Soviet planetary exploration of the Moon, Mars, and Venus. He covers that quite comprehensively, however, from the earliest probes (unsuccessful for the U.S., qualified successes for the USSR) up to the Mars and Venus probes of the 1980s, in thorough but not excessive detail, making a vast mass of data comparatively accessible to anyone with even a modest degree of scientific literacy and interest in the subject. Particularly noteworthy is his use of a large amount of Russian material made available in the post-cold war era. Readers will be left feeling rather better informed and hoping Reeves will turn his talents to a companion volume on exploration of the outer solar system, even though that has been largely a U.S. undertaking. Roland Green

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