Table of Contents (Specimen):
FOREWORD by a flown Astronaut or Cosmonaut
Foreword by a flown astronaut or cosmonaut
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