Usually we discuss
history in terms of earth shaking impacts on nations,
industries and militaries. Similarly, space history
is usually discussed in terms of huge government programs,
the Cold War and the Moon Race, big rocket hardware
development projects, and so forth. However, we should
not forget the tremendous effect space history had on
the lives of individuals, even those not directly involved
in the space programs.
space race, in particular, was comparable to
the mobilization for and participation in a war. The lives
of both soldiers and civilians in this war were changed
forever. Just as war history comes alive most vividly
in the stories of individual participants, so too the
history of space exploration.
Here is a list of web pages
telling personal space histories.