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Aiming for the stars : the dreamers and doers of the space age

Author: Tom D Crouch
Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1999.
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"Aiming for the Stars explores the motivations, goals, trials, and triumphs of the people who pioneered "the fearful void" of space. Tracing the idea of space exploration to the sixteenth century, Tom D. Crouch describes its emergence from the pages of science fiction into the laboratories of early twentieth-century American, Russian, and German rocketeers. He charts the parallel careers of Wernher von Braun, who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Crouch, Tom D.
Aiming for the stars.
Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1999
(OCoLC)607243640
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom D Crouch
ISBN: 1560988339 9781560988335 9781560983866 1560983868
OCLC Number: 40723683
Description: xii, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. A Plurality of Worlds 10 --
2. The Call of the Cosmos 19 --
3. Raketenrummel 39 --
4. An American Dreamer 59 --
5. Vergeltungswaffe! 72 --
6. "Our Germans" 92 --
7. Selling Space Flight 116 --
8. Fellow Travelers 133 --
9. This New Ocean 151 --
10. Racing to the Moon 167 --
11. The Giant Leap: Gemini 184 --
12. The Apollo Era 199 --
13. Men from Earth 216 --
14. Salyut and Skylab: Rooms with a View 235 --
15. The Shuttle Era 249 --
16. At Home in Orbit 265 --
17. Robot Servants and Explorers 276 --
18. Outward Bound 301.
Responsibility: Tom D. Crouch.

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Explores the motivations, goals, trials, and triumphs of the people who pioneered space exploration from the 16th-century to the modern era. This book describes space travel's emergence from the  Read more...

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