Soviet and Russian Lunar Exploration: Comparisons Of The Soviet And American Lunar Quest

Paperback | December 22, 2006

byBrian Harvey, David J. Shayler

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This book tells the story of the Soviet and Russian lunar programme, from its origins to the present-day federal Russian space programme. Brian Harvey describes the techniques devised by the USSR for lunar landing, from the LK lunar module to the LOK lunar orbiter and versions tested in Earth's orbit. He asks whether these systems would have worked and examines how well they were tested. He concludes that political mismanagement rather than technology prevented the Soviet Union from landing cosmonauts on the moon. The book is well timed for the return to the moon by the United States and the first missions there by China and India.

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This book tells the story of the Soviet and Russian lunar programme, from its origins to the present-day federal Russian space programme. Brian Harvey describes the techniques devised by the USSR for lunar landing, from the LK lunar module to the LOK lunar orbiter and versions tested in Earth's orbit. He asks whether these systems woul...

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Little is known of Soviet and Russian lunar exploration although, in fact, the Soviet Union/Russia: Sent the first spaceships past the moon, the first to hit the moon and the first to circle the moonWas first to soft land on and orbit the moonWas first to send a spaceship around the moon and recover it on EarthCame very close to sendin...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.27 inPublished:December 22, 2006Publisher:PraxisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387218963

ISBN - 13:9780387218960

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Table of Contents

Author's acknowledgements.- Prologue.- Origins of Soviet lunar exploration.- The first moon probes.- Planning the lunar landing.- Soft landers and orbiters.- The first cosmonauts to the moon.- Around the moon.- Samplers, rovers and orbiters.- Return to the moon.- Bibliographic note and bibliography.- List of all Soviet moon probes.- Where are they now? The location of Soviet moon probes.

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From the reviews:"Brian Harvey, who has written a number of books on aspects of Soviet/Russian space programmes, has produced an excellent work in this latest volume. . A good feature of this book are the little summaries at the end of each chapter or major section, as well as the various statistical tables. There are also lots of illustrations. . Anyone with an interest in the history of Soviet/Russian space activities would find . illuminating and rewarding." (Liftoff, Issue 239, 2007)"Harvey concisely covers the Soviet space program from the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s. . The book is very readable and a good general survey of the history of the Soviet lunar program . . This would be a good first book for learning about the Soviet lunar program. It has a fairly extensive bibliography for those who wish to delve deeper into this area. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates." (D. B. Mason, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (2), 2007)