The Missile And Space Race

Hardcover | July 1, 1994

byAlan J. Levine

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Here is a history of the development of military missiles and space travel from World War II to the American visits to the Moon in 1969-1972. It stresses the relationship between the early stages of space exploration and the arms race, and that a dual path led to space flight. One was the development of unmanned long-range war rockets, the other, less often noted, was the rocket-powered research plane. The first path led through the intercontinental ballistic missile to the first artificial satellites and space capsule; the latter, more uniquely American, through the X-series and Skyrocket rocket planes to the X-15, and ultimately to the Space Shuttle. The early part of the book focuses on the Soviet-American race to develop the ICBM in the 1950s, and the first satellites, with particular attention paid to the events and reactions that followed the flight of Sputnik I in 1957 and the subsequent missile gap era.

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Here is a history of the development of military missiles and space travel from World War II to the American visits to the Moon in 1969-1972. It stresses the relationship between the early stages of space exploration and the arms race, and that a dual path led to space flight. One was the development of unmanned long-range war rockets,...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.56 × 6.39 × 0.96 inPublished:July 1, 1994Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275944514

ISBN - 13:9780275944513

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?Written in an engaging and easy style by a well-read historian, it is a superb, engaging critique of both the stunning success and the administrative failures in direction and ultimate purpose in the space and missile programs. Levine pulls no punches in his descriptions of the leaders and his critiques of the decisions made in those years. There are interesting and provocative analyses that mince no words. Highly recommended. All levels.?-Choice