Philip Baker charts the history of manned space stations from the
very beginning in a logical, chronological order. He tells the
story of the two major space powers starting out on their very
separate programs, but slowly coming together through ASTP,
Shuttle-Mir, and the ISS, and includes programs that rarely get
mentioned - the US Manned Orbiting Laboratory, and the Soviet Almaz
station, both military backed projects.
The Mir space station was one of the greatest human achievements
in modern history, and a thorough telling of its story is essential
to this book. During its life it grew and evolved into a truly
international outpost, with visitors from all over the world taking
advantage of the only permanent space station in orbit at that
This book will be the only one of its kind to tell the whole
story of the manned space stations from both nations, from the very
beginning, to the current ISS story, and to the possibilities
Each chapter of this book will contain interviews with many of
the primary participants, including the astronauts, cosmonauts,
designers, mission controllers, doctors and managers most directly
involved in the flights. The author paints a vivid picture of two
competing nations slowly coming together to form an alliance that
is shaky and uncertain to begin with, but grows from fierce
competition into solid collaboration.
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