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The Soviet Reach for the Moon

The Soviet Reach for the Moon
Писатель: Nicholas L. Johnson
Название: The Soviet Reach for the Moon
Издательство: Cosmos Books
Годок: 1995
Формат: PDF
Размер: 39.03mb
язык: английский
Для сайта: MirKnig.com

Even before the launch ofthe first artificial Earth satellite by the Soviet Union shocked the world, the fundamental foundation for manned space flight, with its ultimate ob .ective ofleaving the confines ofthe Earthfor the Moon and moredistant celestialbodies,had beenlaid. In 1903 Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935), the father of Russian cosmonautics, published his landmark treatise on the technical requirements for space flight, Investigation ofCosmic Spaces by Reactive Devices. His pioneering work was supplemented by Tsander (1887-1933)andKondratyuk (1897-1942).Ascanthalfcentury later, Russian scientists and engineers began turning Tsiolkovsky'sdreaminto reality.BythetimeYuriGagarin markeda milestoneofhumanevolutionbybecomingthefirstmanin space, the seemingly impossible task oflanding men on the Moon and returning them to Earth had been reduced to a technical and engineeringchallengewell within the graspofthe currentgeneration.

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