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Colin Burgess kindly signed his books for our store - which include Australia's Astronauts, Teacher in Space, Oceans to Orbit, In the Shadow of the Moon, Into that Silent Sea, Fallen Astronauts, Animals in Space, The First Soviet Cosmonaut Team and NASA's Scientist-Astronauts.

Astronaut Tom Jones kindly signed copies of his books Sky Walking and Planetology for our store.

 

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Above the World:
Stunning Satellite Images from Above Earth

By NPA Group. Foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
$44.95 AUD    ISBN: 1844031810  HARDCOVER 

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As the title suggests, this books is full of stunning satellite images from each of the continents. A truly breathtaking large format coffee table book.

 

Ambassadors from Earth
Pioneering Explorations with Unmanned Spacecraft
By Jay Gallentine
$39.95 AUD   ISBN: 9780803222205  HARDCOVER  
Signed by Series Editor Colin Burgess

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Ambassadors from Earth relates the story of the first unmanned space probes and planetary explorers—from the Sputnik and Explorer satellites launched in the late 1950s to the thrilling interstellar Voyager missions of the '70s—that yielded some of the most celebrated successes and spectacular failures of the space age. Ambassadors from Earth is an engaging bumper-car ride through a fog of head-banging uncertainty, bleeding-edge technology, personality clashes, organizational frustrations, brutal schedules, and the occasional bright spot. Confessed one participant, “We were making it up as we went along.”


Animals in Space:
From Research Rockets to the Space Shuttle

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By Colin Burgess and Chris Dubbs
$49.95 AUD    ISBN: 9780387360539  SOFTCOVER  
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This book is a detailed, but highly readable and balanced account of the history of animal space flights carried out by all nations, but principally the United States and the Soviet Union. It explores the ways in which animal high-altitude and space flight research impacted on space flight biomedicine and technology, and how the results - both successful and disappointing - allowed human beings to then undertake that same hazardous journey with far greater understanding and confidence. This complete and authoritative book will undoubtedly become the ultimate authority on animal space flights.

 

Apollo Moon Missions: The Unsung Heroes
By B. Watkins
$29.95 AUD   ISBN: 9780803260412  SOFTCOVER  

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In 1961 President John F. Kennedy challenged the United States to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth before the end of the decade. It seemed like an impossible mission and one that the Russians--who had launched the first satellite and put the first man into Earth orbit--would surely achieve before the Americans. However, the ingenuity, passion, and sacrifice of thousands of ordinary people from all walks of life enabled the space program to meet this extraordinary goal. This is the story of fourteen of those men and women who worked behind the scenes, without fanfare or recognition, to make the Apollo missions successful.

 

Australia From Space: The Beauty, The Glory and the Sacred
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By Story Musgrave, Anne and Lance Lenehan
$14.95 AUD   ISBN: 0975187309  SOFTCOVER 
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This exotic, 64-page color book explores the unique beauty of Australia from space, with photographs taken by astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. Each of the photographs was selected by Story Musgrave, who is renowned for his space photography and his knowledge of geography. For this beautiful glimpse of the remote continent, he has written pertinent and poetic captions to complement each of the images. The book is filled with spectacular colors, geographic and regional detail, off-shore islands and panoramic views of Australia from space.

 

Australia's Astronauts:
Countdown to a Spaceflight Dream

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By Colin Burgess
$19.95 AUD   ISBN: 9780975228616  SOFTCOVER  
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This is the story of Australia's three astronauts: Philip Chapman, Paul Scully-Power and Andy Thomas. It details the experiences of these three exceptional men and their roles in the space programs of the United States and Russia. The book also narrates the missed opportunities to fly more Australians in space as part of NASA's international payload specialist program and reveals the true story behind adventurer Nik Halik's attempt to become the first Australian space 'tourist'.

 

BANG! The Complete History of the Universe
By Brian May, Patrick Moore, Chris Lintott
$44.95 AUD   ISBN 9781920743703   HARDCOVER  

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BANG! Space, time, matter … the Universe was born 13.7 billion years ago. Infinitely small at first, it expanded more rapidly than anyone can contemplate. Brian May, Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott explain how all this came about, from that moment when time and space came into existence, to the formation of the first stars, galaxies and planets, and to the evolution of human beings able to contemplate our own origins and ultimate destiny. Then on towards that destiny in the infinite future, long after the Earth has been consumed by the Red Giant Sun. The story is told in clear, straight forward terms, in the strict order in which the events happened. Enjoy, and let your imagination run riot.

 

Columbia Final Voyage:
The Last Flight of NASA's First Space Shuttle

By Philip Chien
$49.95 AUD   ISBN: 9780387271484  HARDCOVER

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In ‘Columbia: Final Voyage’ aerospace writer Philip Chien, who has over 20 years’ experience covering the US space program, provides a unique insight into the crew members who lost their lives in the Columbia disaster. Chien interviewed all seven crew members several times and got to know them as individuals. He reviews in detail their training, their scientific work and other activities during their successful 16-day flight, the background of the accident itself and a detailed first-hand account of what happened that fateful day in February 2003. The author provides a comprehensive and personal look at both the Columbia astronauts and the STS-107 mission, together with a behind-the-scenes account of other people involved in the mission and their personal reactions to the accident

Fallen Astronauts:
Heroes Who Died While Reaching for the Moon

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By Colin Burgess and Kate Doolan, with Bert Vis
$19.95 AUD   ISBN: 978-0-8032-6212-6  SOFTCOVER  
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Near the end of the Apollo 15 mission, David Scott and fellow moonwalker James Irwin conducted a secret ceremony unsanctioned by NASA: they placed on the lunar soil a small tin figurine called “The Fallen Astronaut,” along with a plaque bearing a list of names. This book enriches the saga of mankind’s greatest scientific undertaking, Project Apollo, and conveys the human cost of the space race – by telling the stories of those sixteen astronauts and cosmonauts who died reaching for the moon.

 

First Man: The Life of Neil A Armstrong
By James R Hansen
$34.95 AUD   ISBN: 9780743291071  SOFTCOVER   
Winner 2005 Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award

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On the 20th of July, 1969, the world stood still to watch 38-year-old American astronaut Neil A. Armstrong become the first person ever to step on the surface of another heavenly body. Perhaps no words in human history became better known than those few he uttered at that historic moment. Upon his return to earth, Armstrong was honored and celebrated for his monumental achievement. He was also — as James R. Hansen reveals in this fascinating and important biography — misunderstood. Armstrong's accomplishments as engineer, test pilot, and astronaut have long been a matter of record, but Hansen's unprecedented access to private documents and unpublished sources yield this first in-depth analysis of an elusive celebrity still renowned the world over. In a penetrating exploration of American hero worship, Hansen addresses the complex legacy of the First Man, as an astronaut and as an individual. In First Man, the personal, technological, epic, and iconic, blend to form this portrait of a great but reluctant hero who will forever be known as history's most famous space traveler.

 

Footprints in the Dust
The Epic Voyages of Apollo, 1969-1975
Edited by Colin Burgess
Foreword by Richard F. Gordon
$39.95 AUD   ISBN: 9780803226654  HARDCOVER  
Signed by Series Editor Colin Burgess

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Following the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11, as NASA prepares to return astronauts to the moon, Footprints in the Dust offers a thorough, engrossing, and multifaceted account of the Apollo missions. The flight of Apollo 11 was a triumph of human endeavor, persistence, and technology, one of the greatest achievements in human history. This book begins with the mission that sent Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin to the moon, then follows American spaceflight through the harrowing rescue of Apollo 13 before moving on to the successful joint Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with key figures in the space program, the authors convey the human drama and chart the technological marvels that went into the Apollo missions. They also put the accomplishments of American spaceflight into historical context, examining the competitive space race with the Soviet Union, the roles of politics and personality in launching the mission, and the consequences, practical and profound, of this giant leap for mankind.

Futures: 50 Years in Space. The Challenge of the Stars
By David A Hardy and Sir Patrick Moore
$39.95 AUD   ISBN: 9780060730383  HARDCOVER  

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It was in 1954, shortly after their first collaboration, that astronomer Patrick Moore and illustrator David A. Hardy first agreed to undertake an illustrated book to show how humans would expand into space via orbiting space stations, moon-landings, voyages to the planets and stars.By the time such a project could become a reality, though, men had walked on the moon for the first and last time and space exploration had revealed discoveries wondrous, awesome, and unexpected. Now, in 2004, it is an ideal time to review the many ways in which our visions of space, the universe, and all things astronomical have changed over those fifty years.

 

Great Observatories of the World
By Serge Brunier, Anne-Marie Lagrange
$49.95 AUD   ISBN: 9781554070558  HARDCOVER  

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Great Observatories of the World is a comprehensive tour of the 57 leading observatories located in the United States, Europe, Chile, Australia, India, Japan and the vast reaches of space. The book is filled with stunning images, both of the observatories and of the universe they explore.

 

Homesteading Space:
The Skylab Story

By David Hitt Owen Garriott and Joe Kerwin
$39.95 AUD   ISBN: 9780803224346  HARDCOVER
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As the United States and the Soviet Union went from exploring space to living in it, a space station was conceived as the logical successor to the Apollo moon program. But between conception and execution, there was the vastness of space itself, to say nothing of monumental technological challenges. Homesteading Space, by two of Skylab’s own astronauts and a NASA journalist, tells the dramatic story of America’s first space station from beginning to fiery end.

 

In the Shadow of the Moon:
A Challenging Journey to Tranquility 1965-1969

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By Francis French and Colin Burgess
$39.95 AUD   ISBN: 9780803211285  HARDCOVER  
Signed by Colin Burgess
Finalist 2007 Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award / 2009 Outstanding Academic Title, sponsored by American Library Association's Choice magazine.

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In the Shadow of the Moon tells the story of the most exciting and challenging years in spaceflight, with two superpowers engaged in a titanic struggle to land one of their own people on the moon. While describing awe-inspiring technical achievements, the authors go beyond the missions and the competition of the space race to focus on the people who made it all possible. Their book explores the inspirations, ambitions, personalities, and experiences of the select few whose driving ambition was to fly to the moon.

 

Into that Silent Sea:
Trailblazers of the Space Era 1961-1965

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By Francis French and Colin Burgess
$39.95 AUD   ISBN: 9780803211469  HARDCOVER  
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Finalist 2007 Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award

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It was a time of bold new technology, historic moments, and international jousting on the final frontier. But it was also a time of human drama, of moments less public but no less dramatic in the lives of those who made the golden age of space flight happen. These are the moments and the lives that Into That Silent Sea captures, a book that tells the intimate stories of the men and women, American and Russian, who made the space race their own and gave the era its compelling character.

 

Mars: Uncovering the Secrets of the Red Planet
By Paul Raeburn and Matt Golombek
$59.95 AUD   ISBN: 0792273737  HARDCOVER  

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Mars. The red planet. Unimaginably distant, and yet at the same time the most Earthlike of the planets, Mars has exerted a powerful pull on the human imagination for thousands of years. It mesmerised the millions who watched as the small robot known as Sojourner explored its faraway surface from July to September 1997. Now, with a definitive book on this compelling subject, National Geographic presents a state-of-the-art report on the planet itself, the technology that allows us to explore it, and the prospects for further exciting discoveries. Highlighted by an astonishing collection of more than 125 full-colour photogrpahs, MARS includes a stunning, 3-dimensional, 8-page panoramic gatefold with images that capture the genuine wonder of discovery at the Pathfinder landing site.

 

NASA's Scientist-Astronauts
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By David J Shayler and Colin Burgess
$49.95 AUD   ISBN: 9780387218977  SOFTCOVER  
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Mounting pressure in the early 1960s from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to study ways of expanding the role of astronauts to conduct science on future space missions led to NASA’s conclusion that flying scientifically trained crewmembers would generate greater returns from each mission. In selecting the first group of scientist-astronauts, NASA had one firm requirement; any person accepted into the programme would have to qualify as a military jet pilot. While the second group of scientists were completing their academic, survival and flight training programme, the remaining members of the first scientist-astronaut group were involved in supporting the developing Apollo Applications programme and the Apollo lunar programme.

 

Oceans to Orbit: The Story of Australia's First Man in Space :
Dr. Paul Scully-Power

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By Colin Burgess
$19.95 AUD  HARDCOVER   ISBN: 0-949853-53-4    
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This is the remarkable story of Dr Paul Scully-Power, who became the first Australian -born person to fly in space in October, 1984. A brilliant student and accomplished athlete during his formative years, he went on to become the first oceanographer to view the world's oceans from the best vantage point of all - earth orbit. Join the first Australian-born astronaut on his incredible journey of discovery, and learn how his space flight has changed forever the way scientists regard our oceans - knowledge which should leave to more accurate weather forecasting.

 

Oceans to Orbit: The Story of Australia's First Man in Space :
Dr. Paul Scully-Power

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By Colin Burgess
$19.95 AUD  SOFTCOVER  ISBN: 0-949853-53-4     
Signed by Colin Burgess. Out of print, last available stock.
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This is the remarkable story of Dr Paul Scully-Power, who became the first Australian -born person to fly in space in October, 1984. A brilliant student and accomplished athlete during his formative years, he went on to become the first oceanographer to view the world's oceans from the best vantage point of all - earth orbit. Join the first Australian-born astronaut on his incredible journey of discovery, and learn how his space flight has changed forever the way scientists regard our oceans - knowledge which should leave to more accurate weather forecasting.

 

Planetology: Unlocking the Secrets of the Solar System
By Tom Jones and Ellen Stofan
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$59.95 AUD   ISBN: 9781426201219  HARDCOVER 

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This comprehensive new portrait of the solar system brings to light an array of important features never seen until today—and it highlights, for the first time, the similarities and contrasts between Earth and its neighbors in space. Anecdotal stories from space flights and exploratory missions make Planetology an absorbing read as well as an informative resource. The book’s unique concept draws intriguing comparisons across multiple physical processes, and its dynamic design offers a fresh approach to the study of space. With extensive media and science experience and contacts for both authors, Planetology is positioned for stellar success.

 

Sky Walking: An Astronaut's Memoir
By Tom Jones (Small number of AUTOGRAPHED COPIES.)
$19.95 AUD   ISBN: 9780060884369  SOFTCOVER  

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Astronaut Tom Jones had trained for years for one climactic moment: his first step through an airlock into the vast nothingness of space. What neither he nor anyone else had counted on was a door that refused to open. But that is the nature of space flight (as recent experience tragically proves) -- anything can, and sometimes does, go wrong. Fully aware of the possibility of disaster, astronauts still dare to venture to the edge of the cosmos in search of knowledge and adventure. Sky Walking is the story of one of those brave explorers. Jones spent eleven years in the NASA astronaut program, making four trips into space. He ultimately spent fifty-two days orbiting Earth, including more than nineteen hours outside during extravehicular activity -- that is, sky walking. Jones's readers get the inside story, written with a lyrical pen, on life in the new century with NASA, the space shuttle, and the International Space Station.

 

Story: The Way of Water
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By Anne Lenehan
$19.95 AUD   ISBN 0-9752286-0-9  HARDCOVER  
Signed by Story Musgrave and author Anne Lenehan
Nominee 2004 Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award

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Story Musgrave has an insatiable passion for life. From his childhood on a dairy farm in western Massachusetts, to payload commander on the Hubble Space Telescope rescue mission, share Story’s incredible physical and spiritual journey as he relates to the world, and the universe, around him. Based on a thematic biographical style, this intimate portrait of one of the world’s greatest thinkers, explorers and aviators is revealed through the eyes of Story himself, his family, friends and colleagues. Story is an American hero, renaissance man and, arguably, NASA’s greatest unofficial spokesperson - certainly one of the few with real vision and authenticity. This book has wide appeal to a variety of audiences. It is a human journey which happens to take place largely within the framework of the space program, but also encompasses themes such as mechanics, flying, nature, spirituality and humanity.

 

Teacher in Space:
Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger Legacy

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By Colin Burgess
$19.95 AUD   ISBN: 0803261829  SOFTCOVER  
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Christa McAuliffe's name is deeply entrenched in American history as the teacher who died when the Challenger exploded in January 1986. Innovative and devoted to her profession, Christa brought to her own life and to her students the joy and excitement of learning, exploration, and accomplishment. It is important to know that Christa's dreams did not die with her. Following the disaster many foundations, institutions, and learning centers were set up to honor the Challenger crew. Craters on the moon and even asteroids have been named in their memory. Teacher in Space explores and celebrates Christa's life and legacy and suggests that her goals of involving and educating children are being fulfilled even today.

 

The Everything Kids Space Book
By Kathiann M. Kowalski
$14.95 AUD   ISBN: 1580623956  SOFTCOVER  

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All about rockets, moon landings, Mars, and more plus space activities you can do at home.

 

 

The First Soviet Cosmonaut Team:
Their Lives, Legacy and Historical Impact

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By Colin Burgess and Rex Hall
$49.95 AUD   ISBN: 9780387848235  SOFTCOVER  
Signed by Colin Burgess

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This is the story of the first group of twenty cosmonauts of the USSR. A covert recruitment and selection process was set in motion throughout the Soviet military in August 1959, just prior to the naming of America’s Mercury astronauts. Those selected were ordered to report for training at a special camp outside of Moscow in the spring of 1960. Just a year later, Senior Lieutenant Yuri Gagarin of the Soviet Air Force (promoted in flight to the rank of major) was launched aboard a Vostok spacecraft and became the first person ever to achieve space flight and orbit the Earth.

 

The NASA Northrop T-38: Photographic Art from an Astronaut Pilot
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By Story Musgrave, Anne and Lance Lenehan
$29.95 AUD   ISBN: 9780975187326  HARDCOVER  
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"We grew to push the aircraft and ourselves to the edge but never beyond. Like restless folks, we kept raising the bar, decade after decade, we always found another peak to climb" - Story Musgrave
In 1967, Story Musgrave became an astronaut. During his thirty years with NASA, he flew the T-38 supersonic jet, now celebrating fifty years since its creation.This stunning collection of private photographs puts you right in the middle of the action. For the space enthusiast and photographer, this renowned astronaut provides a first- hand account of the people and planes, giving us a fascinating insight into the culture of the NASA flying world.

 

The Story of the Space Shuttle
By David M Harland
$49.95 AUD   9781852337933  SOFTCOVER  

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In spite of the Challenger and Columbia disasters, the US Space Shuttle, which entered service in 1981, remains the most successful spacecraft ever developed. Conceived and designed as a reusable spacecraft to provide cheap access to low Earth orbit, and to supersede expendable launch vehicles, serving as the National Space Transportation System, it now coexists with a new range of commercial rockets. David Harland’s definitive work on the Space Shuttle explains the scientific contribution the Space Shuttle has made to the international space programme, detailing missions to Mir, Hubble and more recently its role in the assembly of the International Space Station.

 

To a Distant Day:
The Rocket Pioneers

By Chris Gainor
$39.95 AUD   ISBN: 9780803222090  HARDCOVER  
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Although the dream of flying is as old as the human imagination, the notion of actually rocketing into space may have originated with Chinese experiments with gunpowder in the Middle Ages. Rockets as weapons and entertainment, whether sprung from science fiction or arising out of practical necessity, are within the compass of this engaging history of how human beings actually gained the ability to catapult themselves into space.

 

Walking in Space
By David J Shayler
$69.95 AUD   ISBN: 9781852337100  SOFTCOVER  

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David Shayler provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of EVA techniques in a highly readable form. The author draws on original documentation, personal interviews of astronauts with experience of EVAs, and accounts by those involved in suit design, EVA planning and operations. Moving on from the pioneering of EVA techniques during the Gemini programme, the author describes the basic requirements in terms of the equipment that every spacewalker needs, the development of training techniques - currently all completed on Earth - the surface explorations of the Moon by the Apollo astronauts and the numerous activities performed by Shuttle astronauts and those aboard the Salyut and Mir Space Stations, such as satellite servicing, equipment upgrading and repair missions. He also describes the development of techniques for ensuring crew safety during EVAs and looks ahead to future EVAs from the International Space Station and the development of new technology, including robotic assistance.

 

Women in Space: Following Valentina
By David J Shayler and Ian Moule
$59.95 AUD  ISBN: 9781852337443   SOFTCOVER  

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Space exploration has developed from early, unmanned space probes through the pioneering years of the ‘Manned’ Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, to missions that now include women in the crew as a matter of course. This book tells the story of the first woman balloonist in 1784 to their breakthrough as astronauts and cosmonauts in a range of professional roles. He covers the contribution women have made to space exploration and draws on interviews with Shuttle and Mir crew members who were women. These interviews detail the achievements of the first female Shuttle commander and the first female resident crew member of the International Space Station. These and many other events are presented in a detailed and highly readable account that recalls the difficult path to space exploration by women.


 

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