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Rockets and Revolution : a Cultural History of Early Spaceflight.

Author: Michael G Smith
Publisher: Lincoln : UNP - Nebraska, 2014.
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Rockets and Revolution offers a multifaceted study of the race toward space in the first half of the twentieth century, examining how the Russian, European, and American pioneers competed against one another in the early years to acquire the fundamentals of rocket science, engineer simple rockets, and ultimately prepare the path for human spaceflight. Between 1903 and 1953, Russia matured in radical and dramatic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Smith, Michael G.
Rockets and Revolution : A Cultural History of Early Spaceflight.
Lincoln : UNP - Nebraska, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael G Smith
ISBN: 9780803286542 0803286546
OCLC Number: 923710491
Description: 1 online resource (785 pages)
Contents: ""Cover""; ""Title Page""; ""Copyright Page""; ""Dedication""; ""Contents""; ""List of Illustrations""; ""List of Tables""; ""Introduction""; ""Part 1.""; ""1. Envisioning the Biological Universe""; ""2. Mystical Economies of Earth and Space""; ""3. The Mechanics of Interplanetary Travel""; ""Part 2.""; ""4. Lyrical Cosmism of the Russian Revolution""; ""5. The Pioneers and the Spaceflight Imperative""; ""6. Rocket Spaceships as Science Fictions""; ""7. The Origins and Ends of Life on Earth""; ""Part 3.""; ""8. The First Foundations of Astronautics""; ""9. A Race into the Stratosphere"" ""10. Stalinism and the Genesis of Cosmonautics""""Conclusion""; ""Notes""; ""Selected Bibliography""; ""Index""; ""About Michael G. Smith""

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Rockets and Revolution offers a multifaceted study of the race toward space in the first half of the twentieth century, examining how the Russian, European, and American pioneers competed against one another in the early years to acquire the fundamentals of rocket science, engineer simple rockets, and ultimately prepare the path for human spaceflight. Between 1903 and 1953, Russia matured in radical and dramatic ways as the tensions and expectations of the Russian revolution drew it both westward and spaceward. European and American industrial capacities became the models to imitate and to surp.

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