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New Books of Interest
The Mercury 13

The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight
Martha Ackmann, Lynn Sherr (Preface) - 2003
Amazon: US UK

"In dynamic prose, Ackmann, senior lecturer in women's studies at Mount Holyoke College, relates the story of 13 female pilots who fought to become part of the nation's space program at its inception. Their tale is uplifting, a narrative of their dedication-perhaps obsession might be a better word-and sacrifice in an attempt to aid the nation in the space race against the Soviets and to experience the thrill of space flight. The story is also a depressing indictment of the rampant sexism that kept them from achieving their goal and kept the country from making productive use of their considerable talents.... more" - Publishers Weekly

Apollo EECOM

Apollo Eecom: Journey of a Lifetime
(Apogee Books Space Series)

Sy Liebergot, David M. Harland - 2003
Amazon: US UK

The drama of the NASA mission control room from someone who was there during the Apollo missions.

In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words:
Conversations With the Astronauts and Men Who Led America's Journey into Space and to the Moon

Scott Sacknoff - 2003
Amazon: US UK

Author: "The interviews includes reflections from their astronauts on their pioneering ventures into the unknown; first-person accounts of walking on the moon;, behind the scenes activity in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs; detailed discussions on the Apollo 13 accident; Robert Goddard's thoughts as he watched his rocket rise above the New Mexico desert; General Schriever talking about early military space activities; and Walter Cronkite and colleagues discussing how the media covered these..." read more

The Moon Landings

The Moonlandings : An Eyewitness Account
by Reginald Turnill - 2003
Amazon: US UK

"Longtime BBC aerospace reporter Turnill gives a comprehensive overview of the Apollo program, including its origins in America's post-Sputnik panic, the preliminary Mercury and Gemini programs, the drama of the Apollo 11 landing and the Apollo 13 near-disaster, as well as the program's demise amid waning public interest, rising costs and a general sense that the moonlaunches had accomplished all they could accomplish. Turnill's eyewitness account focuses less on the landings than it does on the news coverage of the landings." - Publishers Weekly

Rocket Dreams


Rocket Dreams
Marina Benjamin - 2003
Amazon: US UK

"The thrill was gone after the Apollo astronauts departed the moon: the futurism of human space exploration expired and was replaced by a routine of running laps around earth in space stations. Essayist Benjamin ventures a suite of explanations for the disappointment (to space enthusiasts, at least) that play off the visions of Arthur C. Clarke, Werner von Braun, and Gerard O'Neill, which fired up so many imaginations through the 1970s..." - Booklist

Other Recent Additions

  • Space Programs: All Exploration and Research Efforts Outside the United States by Daphne Burleson, 2004, McFarland& Co. , Amazon: US UK
  • The Rocket Team (Apogee Books Space Series) Frederick I. Ordway, Mitchell Sharpe - Revised edition of the original about the German V2 team. Amazon: US UK
  • Space Dogs: Pioneers of Space Travel : Chris Dubbs - 2003 Amazon: US UK
  • We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race - Thomas P. Stafford, Michael Cassutt - 2002 - Amazon: US UK
  • The Unbroken Chain Guenter Wendt, Russell Still - 2001 - Amazon: US UK
  • Gossamer Spacecraft : Membrane and Inflatable Structures Technology for Space Application - Christopher H.M. Jenkins (ed) - 2001,
    Amazon: US UK
  • Jupiter Odyssey : The Story of Nasa's Galileo Mission - David M. Harland -2000
    Amazon: US 
    UK
  • Spacefaring: The Human Dimension  - Albert A. Harrison - 2001
    Amazon: US UK
  • 2001: Building for Space Travel - John Zukowsky (Editor), James N. Wood - 2001
    Amazon: US  UK

Space Perspectives

What are the deeper philosophical reasons for going into space? What motivated the pioneers of the space age ? Why continue with space exploration?

Related books: Biographies, Activism & Politics
HobbySpace: Space History , Collecting, Activism

Imagining Space
The Dream of Spaceflight : Essays on the Near Edge of Infinity
Wyn Wachhorst, Buzz Aldrin (Fwd) - 2000
Amazon: US UK
Beautifully written essays on the purpose and significance of spaceflight in our lives and for our future.
Pale Blue Dot : A Vision of the Human Future in Space
Carl Sagan - 1994
Amazon: US
Imagining Space : Achievements, Predictions, Possibilities : 1950-2050
R. D. Launius, H. E. McCurdy &Ray Bradbury
August 2001
Amazon: US UK
Fly Me to the Moon : Lost in Space With the Mercury Generation
Bryan Ethier - 1999
Amazon: US UK

A remembrance of boyhood and the excitement of the space race.
   Spacefaring: The Human Dimension  
Albert A. Harrison - 2001
Amazon: US UK

  Space and the American Imagination 
Howard E. McCurdy - 1997
Amazon: US UK

  Rocket Dreams
Marina Benjamin - 2003
Amazon:
US UK
 
Space History

How did we get into space? Who got us there? What are the stories behind the development of rockets and space technology.

Related books: Biographies, Activism & Politics, NASA Mission Reports, World Spaceflight News Compilations
HobbySpace: Space History , Collecting

Women Astronauts
The Infinite Journey : Eyewitness Accounts of Nasa and the Age of Space
William E. Burrows, Walter Cronkite - 2000
Amazon: US UK
Virtual Apollo: A Pictoral Essay of the Engineering and Construction of the Apollo Command and Service Modules
Scott P. Sullivan - 2003
Amazon: US UK
Women Astronauts
Laura Woodmansee - 2001
Amazon: US UK
Includes CD-ROM
Skylab: America's Space Station
David Shayler - 2001
Amazon: US UK
In Their Own Words: Conversations With the Astronauts and Men Who Led America's Journey into Space and to the Moon
Scott Sacknoff - 2003
Amazon: US UK
Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship
by George Dyson - 2002
Amazon: US UK

Countdown
T. A. Heppenheimer
Amazon: US UK

The Right Stuff
Tom Wolfe - 1983
Amazon: US

Aiming for the Stars: The Dreamers and Doers of the Space Age
Tom D. Crouch - 1999
Amazon: US UK
  Apollo Eecom: Journey of a Lifetime
(Apogee Books Space Series)

Sy Liebergot, David M. Harland - 2003
Amazon:
US UK
The Mars Project
W.Von Braun - 1953
(1991 reprint)
Amazon: US UK
U.S. Manned Spaceflight in the 20th Century:
The Successes. The Failures. The Options.

Raymond J. Schmitt - 2002
CD-ROM
Amazon: US
This New Ocean : The Story of the First Space Age
William E. Burrows - 1998
Amazon: US UK
The Pre-Astronauts Manned Ballooning on the Threshold of Space
Craig Ryan - 1995,
Paperback 2003
Amazon: US UK
From Imagination to Reality : Mars Exploration Studies of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Precursors and Early Piloted Missions
Robert Zubrin - 1997
Amazon: US
 

2001: Building for Space Travel
John Zukowsky (Ed.), James N. Wood - 2001
Amazon: US  UK

"From the prophetic vision of a lunar voyage in Fritz Lang's science fiction film Woman in the Moon to the multistage rocket that propelled astronauts to the moon 40 years later, this bold, original work examines design for space travel in both fantasy and reality. A breathtaking look at the structures built to follow humankind's dreams out into the cosmos, it accompanies an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Museum of Flight in Seattle." - book description

Sputnik : The Shock of the Century
Paul Dickson -Oct.2001
Amazon: US 

The Sputnik Challenge
Robert A. Divine - 1993
Amazon: US UK

Flight : My Life in
Mission Control

Christopher C. Kraft - 2001
Amazon: US UK

Kraft was flight director for Mercury and most of the Gemini missions. He became chief of flight operations during Apollo launchings and later the head of the Johnson Space Center. These memoirs range from the early pre-NASA period of American rocketry to the creation of NASA and on through the moon landings. He candidly discusses the many behind-the-scenes battles and his impressions of the major actors of the space program such as von Braun, John Glenn and others.

"Is Peckerhead Hyphenated?" Building the International Space Station
Vincent de Cordoba - 1999
Amazon: US UK

"This is a true story about the funny side of building the International Space Station. The story is told around actual quotes from real people that accurately, and often elegantly, describe what management would call a 'character-building' situation. The characters in this book are stand-ins.

Jupiter Odyssey : The Story of Nasa's Galileo
David M. Harland- 2000
Amazon: US UK

"Focusing on the Galileo Mission, the story relates this remarkable spacecraft's protracted gestation and the ordeal of its long haul out to Jupiter and its ultimate triumph: five years exploration within the Jovian system. The story spans a full quarter of a century, drawing on the press conferences, technical papers and essays of engineers and scientists involved in the mission which provide a real sense of participation as the discoveries poured in - it brings the mission of the Galileo spacecraft to life and provides a more engaging account than would simply be achieved by recounting scientific results." - Amazon

The Moonlandings : An Eyewitness Account
by Reginald Turnill - 2003
Amazon:
US UK

They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus:
An Incurable Dreamer Builds the First Civilian Spaceship

Elizabeth Weil - 2002
Amazon:
US UK
Apollo &
the Moon Race
A Man on the Moon:
The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

Andrew L. Chaikin - 1994
Amazon: US
Written from a new and fresh perspective, Chaikin's extensively researched narrative of the entire Apollo project brings out the real human drama and excitement of the lunar missions.
A Man on The Moon:
3 Volume Illustrated Commemorative Boxed Set

Andrew L. Chaikin - 1994
Amazon: US UK
Special Time-Life illustrated version of Chaikin's famous book, which became the basis of Tom Hank's mini-series From the Earth to the Moon.
 

Apollo : The Epic Journey to the Moon
D. W. Reynolds, Wally Schirra, V. Hardesty - 2002
Amazon: US UK

Selling Outer Space: Kennedy, the Media, and Funding for Project Apollo, 1961-1963
James Lee Kauffman - 1994
Amazon: US

Moon Missions : Mankind's First Voyages to Another World
William F. Mellberg - 1997
Amazon: US UK
 
All We Did Was Fly to the Moon
Dick Lattimer - 1985
Amazon: US
Genesis: The Story of Apollo 8: The First Manned Flight to Another World
Robert Zimmerman - 1998
Amazon: US UK
   
Moon Lander : How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module
Thomas J. Kelly - 2001
Amazon: US UK
  

The Race : The Uncensored Story of How America Beat Russia to the Moon
James L. Schefter - 1999
Amazon: US UK

   Space Race : The U.S.-U.S.S.R. Competition to Reach the Moon
Martin J. Collins - 1999
Amazon: US UK

Tracking Apollo to the Moon
Hamish Lindsay - 2001
Amazon: US UK

Chariots for Apollo : Untold Story Behind the Race to the Moon
Charles R. Pellegrino - 1999
Amazon: US UK

Tells the behind the scenes dramatic story of the development of the Lunar Module.
    Exploring the Moon: The Apollo Expeditions
D. M. Harland - 1999
Amazon: US UK
 

Taking Science to the Moon : Lunar Experiments and the Apollo Program
Donald A. Beattie - 2001
Amazon: US UK

Journey to the Moon : The History of the Apollo Guidance Computer
Eldon C. Hall - 1996
Amazon: US UK

Arrows to the Moon: Avro's Engineers and the Space Race
Chris Gainor - 2001
Amazon: US UK
After the Candian Arrow jet plane program is canceled, the engineers move on to contribute to the Apollo program.

Taking Science to the Moon : Lunar Experiments and the Apollo Program (Nasa History Series)
Donald A. Beattie - 2001
Amazon: US UK

Moon Launch!
(The NASA History Series)
Charles D. Benson, William B. Faherty - 2001
Amazon: US UK
 
Gateway to the Moon
(The NASA History Series)
Charles D. Benson, William B. Faherty - 2001
Amazon: US UK
 
Russian Space History The First Manned Spaceflight : Russia's Quest for Space
Vladimir Suvorov, Alexander Sabelnikov - 1999
Amazon: US
Russia in Space :
The Failed Frontier?

Brian Harvey - 2001
Amazon: US UK

Kosmos
by Adam Bartos - 2001
Amazon: US
Photographic survey of the Soviet space program as it looks today.

Almanac of Soviet Manned Space Flight
Dennis Newkirk - 1990
Amazon: US
Rocket and Space Corporation Energia
The SpaceStore
MIR Off the Planet: Surviving Five Perilous Months Aboard the Space Station Mir
Jerry M. Linenger - 1999
Amazon: US UK
Dragonfly : Nasa and the Crisis Aboard Mir
Bryan Burrough - 1998
Amazon: US UK
  Star-Crossed Orbits:
Inside The U.S.-Russian Space Alliance

by James E. Oberg - 2001
Amazon US UK
The MIR Space Station:
A Precursor to Space Colonization

David M. Harland - 1997
Amazon: US  UK
The Rocket Men:
Vostok & Voskhod, The First Soviet Manned Flights

Rex Hall & David J. Shayler - 2001
Amazon: US UK 
Chinese Space History Thread of the Silkworm
Iris Chang - 1996
Amazon: US
 
Space Accidents Lost Spacecraft: The Search for Liberty Bell 7
Curt Newport - 2002
Amazon: US UK
Challenger's Shadow: Did Government and Industry Management Kill Seven Astronauts?
John C. Macidull, Lester E. Blattner
Amazon: US UK 
Disasters and Accidents in Manned Spaceflight
David Shayler - 2000
Amazon: US UK
Challenger Accident: The Tragedy of Space Shuttle Flight 51-L and its Aftermath
WSN Compilation - 2000
Amazon: US UK
The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture, and Deviance at NASA
Diane Vaughan - 1996
Amazon: US UK
  The Challenger: The Explosion on Liftoff (Disaster!)
Thomas Streissguth, Gil Chandler - 2002

Amazon:
US UK
Challenger: America's Space Tragedy (Countdown to Space)
Michael D. Cole - 1995
Amazon: US UK

Space Biographies

Who helped develop rockets and space technology? Who has been in space and what did they experience there?

Related books: Space History
HobbySpace: Space History , Collecting

The Unbroken Chain

For Spacious Skies: The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut
Scott Carpenter, Kris Stoever - 2003
Amazon: US 
UK

 

We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race
Thomas P. Stafford, Michael Cassutt - 2002
Amazon: US 
UK

 

The Unbroken Chain
Guenter Wendt, Russell Still
2001
Amazon: US UK
 
The story of Guenter Wendt, known during the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo years as "the Fuehrer of the launch pad." See also
www.padleader.com
Flight : My Life in
Mission Control

Christopher C. Kraft - 2001
Amazon: US 
UK  
Failure Is Not an Option : Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
Gene Kranz - 2000
Amazon: US 
UK  
The Last Man on the Moon : Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America's Race in Space
Eugene Cernan, Don Davis - 1999
Amazon: US UK
 
Korolev : How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive to Beat America to the Moon
James Harford - 1997
Amazon: US UK
Deke! : U.S. Manned Space : From Mercury to the Shuttle
Donald K. Slayton - 1995
Amazon: US UK
Lost Moon : The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13
Jim Lovell - 1994
Amazon: US UK
 
Leap of Faith : An Astronaut's Journey into the Unknown
Gordon Cooper - 2000
Amazon: US UK
Sex and Rockets : The Occult World of Jack Parsons
John Carter -2000
Amazon: US UK
The Coalwood Way -
Homer Hickam - 2000
Sequel to Rocketboys
Amazon: US UK
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky His Life and Work
by A. Kosmodemyansky, X. Danko (Translator)
- 2000
Amazon: US UK
Wernher von Braun
Dennis Piszkiewicz - 1999
Amazon: US UK
Powering Apollo : James E. Webb of Nasa
W. Henry Lambright - 2000
Amazon: US UK
Carl Sagan :
A Life in the Cosmos

William Poundstone - 1999
Amazon: US UK
Who's in Space 3rd Ed
Michael Cassutt - 1998
Amazon: US UK
Some 600 biographies of all known astronauts and cosmonauts plus many who trained for spaceflight.
John Glenn : A Memoir
John Glenn, Nick Taylor - 1999
Amazon: US UK

 

 

 

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