Space Exploration

Foothold in the Heavens

The Seventies

Authors: Evans, Ben

  • Details the stories of missions, the crews and their contributions to mankind's progress in Space in the 1970s
  • Provides a balanced account of the aspirations, frustrations and achievements of early human spaceflight
  • Illustrates the early contributions of space exploration for science, medicine and technology
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About this book

April 12, 2011 is the 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's pioneering journey into space. To commemorate this momentous achievement, Springer-Praxis is producing a mini-series of books that reveals how humanity's knowledge of flying, working, and living in space has grown in the last half century. Foothold in the Heavens focuses on the early 1970s, when we completed our first exploration of the Moon and established a real, long-term presence in orbit with the first space stations. It marked a transitional phrase between the heady days of the 1960s and efforts to make space travel more economical, more frequent and more routine in the later 1970s and 1980s. This book explores the intense competition and bitter rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union - with one side devoting its energies to lunar exploration, the other diverting its attention to near-Earth studies - which eventually brought a pair of Cold War foes away from the nuclear trigger to the negotiating table and opened a new era of cooperation in space.

About the authors

Ben Evans is an accomplished and experienced space writer ideally qualified to chronicle the epic story of human space exploration. In addition to writing five books for Springer-Praxis, including the first book in this series: Escaping the Bonds of Earth: The Fifties and Sixties. He has published numerous space and astronomy related articles in such journals as Spaceflight, Countdown, and Astronomy Now.

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From the reviews:

“‘Foothold in the Heavens: The Seventies’ is an exciting and comprehensive analysis of the history of human spaceflight. … The author covers each human mission in this narrative with comprehensive and interesting detail, but Apollo 11 is definitively the cornerstone of this volume. … ‘Foothold in the Heavens’ deserves a place in every library. … it was written with the most current insight available and gives a complete and up-to-date history of the Soyuz and Apollo era.” (Steve Adamczyk, Ad Astra, Spring, 2011)

“The former Soviet Union and the US were engaged in a fierce space race to the moon. Space writer Evans … covers this fascinating era of space exploration, focusing more on American efforts. … The book provides extensive detail on the Apollo program from Apollo 11, the first human lunar landing, to the last flight to the moon (Apollo 17). … Includes many interesting black-and-white illustrations. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and lower- and upper-division undergraduates.” (J. Z. Kiss, Choice, Vol. 48 (7), March, 2011)

“This is a well researched engaging and comprehensive account of human space exploration in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is a highly readable record of people and events and very much concentrates on the human experience of spaceflight. Even those who are already very familiar with the golden age of space exploration will find something new in this volume. … Space historians – amateur and professional … will find this a fascinating and rewarding read.” (Mark Stewart, Spaceflight, Vol. 53 (8), August, 2011)

“Ben Evans has ambitiously set out to produce a five-volume history of human spaceflight, of which Foothold in the Heavens is the second volume. … It is obvious from the level of detail in the 524 pages of text that the book’s target audience is spaceflight history aficionados … .” (James A. Vedda, Quest, Vol. 18 (4), 2011)

“This is a well-written, gripping, and engrossing story. Evans’ account is also thorough, detailed, and knowledgeable. Anyone with even the vaguest interest in what was surely the greatest adventure of mankind in the last century will benefit hugely from reading this book. Evans has concentrated on the human side of space exploration. And the bravery, single-mindedness, and dedication of the astronauts and cosmonauts shine out from every page.” (Carole Stott, The Observatory, Vol. 131 (1224), October, 2011)


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eBook $34.99
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price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-6341-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Foothold in the Heavens
Book Subtitle
The Seventies
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-6342-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-6342-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6341-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 533
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK
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