The Continuing Story of The International Space Station

The Continuing Story of The International Space Station

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Peter Bond describes the development and evolution of space stations, with particular emphasis on the International Space Station, beginning with the revolution that began in 1970, when Salyut 1, the world's first space station was sent into orbit by the Soviet Union. Defeated in the race to the Moon, the Soviets redirected their efforts towards the conquest of near-Earth space. In the next three decades, their increasingly large and sophisticated structures rewrote the history books as cosmonauts continued to push back all space endurance records. Only the U.S. Skylab, a technological cul-de-sac based on surplus Apollo hardware, interrupted this era of Soviet domination. By the mid-1990's, Russian physician Valeri Poliakov had lived continuously for 14 months on board the Mir space station, long enough to travel to Mars and back. The book explains how the human exploitation of low-Earth orbit is about to change. With Mir no longer in existence, all eyes are on the next generation, the International Space Station (ISS).crews were launched by its smaller Saturn IB cousins, the final journey to and from the sole US space station was completed under manual control ... The need for human life support and almost total redundancy on spacecraft systems inevitably escalates the costs of each ISS ... Furthermore, if one of the three Shuttles capable of servicing the ISS was lost, the grounding of the fleet would lead to a majoranbsp;...


Title:The Continuing Story of The International Space Station
Author: Peter Bond
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2002-05-01
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