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Breaking the Chains of Gravity - The Story of Spaceflight before NASA (Hardcover) Loot Price: R299
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Breaking the Chains of Gravity - The Story of Spaceflight before NASA (Hardcover): Amy Shira Teitel

Breaking the Chains of Gravity - The Story of Spaceflight before NASA (Hardcover)

Amy Shira Teitel

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The incredible story of spaceflight before the establishment of NASA. NASA's history is a familiar story, one that typically peaks with Neil Armstrong taking his small step on the Moon in 1969. But America's space agency wasn't created in a vacuum. It was assembled from pre-existing parts, drawing together some of the best minds the non-Soviet world had to offer. In the 1930s, rockets were all the rage in Germany, the focus both of scientists hoping to fly into space and of the German armed forces, looking to circumvent the restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles. One of the key figures in this period was Wernher von Braun, an engineer who designed the rockets that became the devastating V-2. As the war came to its chaotic conclusion, von Braun escaped from the ruins of Nazi Germany, and was taken to America where he began developing missiles for the US Army. Meanwhile, the US Air Force was looking ahead to a time when men would fly in space, and test pilots like Neil Armstrong were flying cutting-edge, rocket-powered aircraft in the thin upper atmosphere. Breaking the Chains of Gravity tells the story of America's nascent space program, its scientific advances, its personalities and the rivalries it caused between the various arms of the US military. At this point getting a man in space became a national imperative, leading to the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, otherwise known as NASA.

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Imprint: Bloomsbury SIGMA
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: October 2015
Authors: Amy Shira Teitel
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 31mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
ISBN-13: 978-1-4729-1117-9
Categories: Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues
Books > Science & Mathematics > Astronomy, space & time
Books > Professional & Technical > Other technologies
Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues > Popular science
Books > Science & Mathematics > Astronomy, space & time > Popular astronomy
Books > Science & Mathematics > Astronomy, space & time > Space travel & exploration
Books > Professional & Technical > Other technologies > Space science
Books > Professional & Technical > Other technologies > Space science > General
LSN: 1-4729-1117-2
Barcode: 9781472911179

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