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The First Soviet Cosmonaut Team: Their Lives and Legacies

Series: Springer Praxis Books: Space Exploration

By: Colin Burgess and Rex Hall

356 pages, 170 illustrations

Praxis Publishing

Paperback | Jan 2009 | #178960 | ISBN-13: 9780387848235
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The First Soviet Cosmonaut Team relates who these men were and offers far more extensive background stories, in addition to those of the more familiar names of early Soviet space explorers from that group. Many previously-unpublished photographs of these 'missing' candidates will also be included for the first time in this book. It is a detailed, but highly readable and balanced account of the history, training and experiences of the first group of twenty cosmonauts of the USSR.

A covert recruitment and selection process was set in motion throughout the Soviet military in August 1959, just prior to the naming of America's Mercury astronauts. Those selected were ordered to report for training at a special camp outside of Moscow in the spring of 1960. Just a year later, Senior Lieutenant Yuri Gagarin of the Soviet Air Force (promoted in flight to the rank of major) was launched aboard a Vostok spacecraft and became the first person ever to achieve space flight and orbit the Earth.


Foreword.- Acknowledgements.- Authors' Preface.- The Space Race Begins.- A Few Good Soviet Men.- The First Enrollment.- Russia's Future Spacemen.- Training Days.- Selecting the First Cosmonaut.- "Poyekhali!": A Man in Space.- Pushing the Limits.- Gagarin, and the End of an Era.- The Missing Cosmonauts and Lost Cosmonauts.- Old Truths Revealed.- A Time for Reflection.- Glossary & Notes, List of Illustrations.- Appendixes.- List of first cosmonauts and other people involved in their selection, training and flights.- The space flights and EVAs etc. accomplished by the first group of cosmonauts.- Brief "Where Are They Now" summaries of the 20.- Other lists as required.- Bibliography and Other References.

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