Spaceflight [3 volumes]: A Historical Encyclopedia

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This book is a comprehensive history of the first six decades of space exploration, from the end of World War II to the modern era of routine international cooperation in space.


· Comprises 700 A–Z entries covering every human spaceflight and all significant robotic space exploration programs, with hundreds of biographical entries

· Includes 148 beautiful and historic photographs illustrating all major articles, including international (non-U.S., non-Russian) space programs, action photos showing astronauts and cosmonauts at work in space, and photos of space vehicles and equipment

· Provides bibliographic listings, organized by topic, of print and online sources for further reading

· Includes complete chronologies of the space shuttle and Soyuz programs through 2008

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The recent 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon was a vivid reminder of the powerful grip space travel has on our imagination. It also was a reminder of the pivotal role the space race played as a national challenge and a source of competition and cooperation in the Cold War, and how its triumphs and devastating tragedies affected us all.

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In comparing this work to my first book, Echoes Among the Stars: A Short History of the U.S. Space Program, I've often joked that Spaceflight is "a long history of everyone's space program."

As I look at the finished work, I truly believe that it's fair to say that this three volume history is definitively comprehensive in its scope, and accurate and respectful in its approach to all of the individuals and events it chronicles.

I'm also proud to note that Spaceflight was a monumental labor of love that required me to immerse myself in the process of research and writing about the exploration of outer space for a very long time. I can honestly say I enjoyed virtually every moment of studying this fascinating impulse of our shared human history, and I am so very grateful to my editors at Greenwood / ABC-CLIO and their excellent production staff for their terrific support of my work.

Most of all, I am grateful for the remarkable support and encouragement of my dear Mom, whose unfailing care made this work possible. -- Patrick J. Walsh, April, 2013

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