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  • Author:
    Tom D. Crouch
  • ISBN:
    0522848850
  • ISBN13:
    978-0522848854
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    Melbourne University Press (November 14, 1995)
  • Pages:
    352 pages
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Tom Crouch, senior curator of aeronautics at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, originally wanted .

Tom Crouch, senior curator of aeronautics at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, originally wanted to produce. Instead of a strong thesis, the book offers an examination of the "dreamers and doers" of space exploration that shows how their experience "mirrors the deep complexities of twentieth-century history" (p. xii). Crouch keeps personalities and anecdotes in the foreground, especially the colorful characters of the era before bureaucracy induced blandness. We learn that Johannes Kepler wrote a fictional story about the space travels of his mother, and accordingly authorities arrested her for witchcraft.

Tom D. Crouch describes space travel's emergence from the pages of science fiction into the laboratories of twentieth-century rocketeers such as Wernher von Braun, who masterminded Nazi rocket development and later became a key figure in the . space program, and Sergei Korolev, an engineer whose successful launches became the foundation of Soviet Cold War policy.

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space program, and Sergei Korolev, an engineer whose successful launches became the foundation of Soviet Cold War policy.

Chapter 1 Prologue: Spaceport! Chapter 2 1. A Plurality of Worlds Chapter 3 2. The Call of the Cosmos Chapter 4 3. Raketenrummel Chapter 5 4. An American Dreamer Chapter 6 5. Vergeltungswaffe. More). 1. View via Publisher. NASA art: 50 years of exploration.

Explaining the goals and missions of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, the book also describes the 1986 Challenger disaster, the spacefaring adventures of astronaut Shannon Lucid, and the fortunes of Mir space station in the wake of glasnost. php?lvl notice display&id 3798.

Similar books and articles. Voices of the Soviet Space Program: Cosmonauts, Soldiers, and Engineers Who Took the USSR Into Space. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age. 256 P. Illus. London: Science Museum, 2015.


Marilbine
Without question "Aiming for the Stars" is an eloquent explanation of the significance of theorists, innovators, scientists, and engineers in the twentieth century who tried to translate their visions of space exploration--although only partly successfully--into reality. This book is focused on great men (they were virtually all males) and their development of great technology. Tom D. Crouch's book is one of the most successful syntheses in the traditional style of space history. This is the kind of synthesis that only a senior scholar with a deep mastery of the subject can carry off, and Crouch does not disappoint. I should add that Tom Crouch is good friend who has made a career out of writing the history of flight, and this book demonstrates well his considerable prowess.

"Aiming for the Stars" concentrates on the advocates of spaceflight and how they sold their dreams to the world. Crouch starts with such icons of the spaceflight community, the Russian Konstantin Tsiolkovskiy, the German (actually Transylvanian) Hermann Oberth, and the American Robert Goddard. From there he explores the rise of various rocket societies and spaceflight groups in Germany, Great Britain, and the United States and their pre-World War II activities. These groups excited the public and kept the spark of a vision of spaceflight alive during the Great Depression. Crouch progresses chronologically, in the process narrating the development of space exploration through the latter part of the twentieth century.

This is an enjoyable book that presents a fine introduction to the history of spaceflight. It is not a detailed scholarly work, but it is a very fine synthesis of the personalities who made spaceflight a reality, Enjoy!
MisterQweene
This well written book about the space age provides an excellent summary of the space program to date and people and leaders who made it happen. About half of the book covers the early space pioneers, like Von Braun, Oberth, Goddard and Tsoilkovsky and the early attempts to build a working rocket. The second half covers the early space program, the Apollo missions to the Moon, and eventually moves into the modern era. There are also plenty of chapters about the Russian space program and various robotic explorations of the planets.
While most of the information presented in this book can be found in greater detail in other books, this book would be a nice addition to any collection of space flight or for the novice space flight reader who wants to learn a great deal about the space program.