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Praxis Manned Spaceflight Log 1961-2006

Furniss, Tim, David, Shayler, Shayler, Michael D.

Jointly published with Praxis Publsihing, UK

2007, XXXVI, 836p. 400 illus..

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This book opens with a section entitled: Quest for Space. This provides an explanation of the methods employed to get in and out of orbit and brief overviews of the different international space programmes. It is a complete chronological log of all attempted orbital manned spaceflights, including the X-15 "astroflights" of the 1960s that only achieved an altitude of c.50 miles and the two 1961 Mercury and Redstone missions which were non-orbital.

There is an image depicting each manned spaceflight, and data boxes containing brief biographies of all the space travelers and basic flight data. The main text is a narrative of each mission, its highlights and accomplishments, including those strange facts and humorous stories that are connected to every mission.

Targeting publication in September 2006 coincides with the return to flight of the Shuttle, two more Soyuz TMA launches and, quite possibly, a second Chinese manned mission. The resulting book is a handy reference to all manned spaceflights, the names astronauts and cosmonauts who flew on each mission, and their roles and accomplishments.

Recent announcements of a return to the Moon and event

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Image - Nation - accident - moon - space - spaceflight

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Mechanical Engineering - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 


Table of Contents (Specimen):

FOREWORD by a flown Astronaut or Cosmonaut


Foreword by a flown astronaut or cosmonaut

Authors preface


Glossary & Abbreviations

List of tables

List of illustrations


1. The profile of manned spaceflight

Methods of leaving Earth

Methods of spaceflight

Methods of returning to Earth

This section briefly documents the methods of leaving Earth and entering space; the techniques of moving in space, rendezvous and docking and landing on the moon; and how crews are recovered either on the sea or land or, as with the shuttle on a runway.

2. Manned Spaceflight Programmes

X-15 Rocket Research aircraft and the X-20 Dyna Soar

Vostok and Voskhod


Gemini and the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory

Apollo and Skylab

Soyuz and Zond

Salyut and Almaz


Shuttle and Spacelab

Buran and Hermes

International Space Station

Each manned space programme is summarized in this section, including the elements of hardware comprising up the spacecraft and the launch vehicle or systems used to put them into space. There is also a description of how the role of the crew member has changed over the decades - Astronaut or Cosmonaut; pilot, engineer or scientist ; passenger or tourist?

3. Quest for Space

X-15 Astro Flights 1962-1968

Mercury Sub Orbital missions 1961 Mercury 3 and Mercury 4

Apollo 1 Pad Fire in January 1967

Launch Pad Aborts including the 1983 Soyuz Pad explosion and various

Shuttle Pad Aborts

These are the missions that reached space but not orbit, or those who encountered serious problems aborting the launch prior to leaving the pad. Apollo 1 was a fatal spacecraft fire on the launch pad two weeks prior to the planned launch.

4. Manned Spaceflight Log

1961 – 2006

Each successful manned orbital spaceflight listed in chronological order also includes the 1975 Soyuz launch abort, and the 1986 Challenger accident both classified as orbital missions in progress when they encountered launch difficulties. When resident space station resident crew are launched on the Shuttle (1 x Mir; 5 to date for ISS these have a separate entry in the book].

Conclusion The next 45 years?

The future of manned spaceflight perhaps provided by a flown astronaut or cosmonaut


World Manned Space Missions 1961-2006

World Space Explorers 1961-2006

World Spaceflight Experience 1961-2006

Bibliography and references


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