Soviet and Russian Lunar Exploration (Springer Praxis Books) (英語) ペーパーバック – イラスト付き, 2010/6/2
From the reviews:
"Brian Harvey, who has written a number of books on aspects of Soviet/Russian space programmes, has produced an excellent work in this latest volume. … A good feature of this book are the little summaries at the end of each chapter or major section, as well as the various statistical tables. There are also lots of illustrations. … Anyone with an interest in the history of Soviet/Russian space activities would find … illuminating and rewarding." (Liftoff, Issue 239, 2007)
"Harvey concisely covers the Soviet space program from the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s. … The book is very readable and a good general survey of the history of the Soviet lunar program … . This would be a good first book for learning about the Soviet lunar program. It has a fairly extensive bibliography for those who wish to delve deeper into this area. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates." (D. B. Mason, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (2), 2007)
- 発売日 : 2010/6/2
- ペーパーバック : 344ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0387218963
- ISBN-13 : 978-0387218960
- 寸法 : 16.99 x 1.98 x 24.21 cm
- 出版社 : Praxis; 2007番め版 (2010/6/2)
- 言語: : 英語
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 1,461,228位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
The only minor drawback with the book has to be the pictures, which are rather muddy. Few good (in modern terms) Soviet spaceflight pictures exist, so it's not surprising. So, don't expect a picture book - this is a story, not an art exhibit.
The authors explains that the huge N1 rocket could have been a sucess if there would have been ground testing of the first flour. The author also explain the infighting between the various engenering office . After Korolev, Mishin whas cautious and didn't risk a cosmonault life in early December 1968 for a moon flyby. There a lot of illustration. A recomanded book for space exploration afficiando.
To reach that point, however, this reviewer had to endure a few of author Harvey's biased comments, scattered throughout the book, which almost caused him to doubt that it was Neil Armstrong who first placed his boot print on the lunar surface and not Alexei Leonov. Harvey attempts to counteract the U.S. dominance present in most books about lunar exploration with his comments and asides. While one can understand his desire to defend Soviet performance, this reviewer believes that he occasionally overcompensates to the point of being annoying, and, in one instant ... ludicrous. The reader can decide for himself or herself the validity of the author's statement, "The Soviet Union ... came close to perfecting a giant moon rocket, the N-1," especially after reading later in the book that four N-1s were launched over a 3-1/2 year period and each experienced a failure that destroyed the three-stage vehicle before it even reached second stage ignition. At least the N-1 launch escape system worked properly!
The only other gripe this reviewer had was with the inconsistency of the photo quality included with the text. Some are muddy, others are highly pixilated, and at least two had moiré patterns, while some are razor sharp. It would have been a real plus if the author could have included clear, sharp photos of the lunar panoramas taken by Soviet soft-landers, rovers, and sample-return missions.
None-the-less, author Brian Harvey has done a yeoman's job of assembling material about a series of essentially secret programs run by a foreign country whose government was not known for being forthcoming with detailed information about successes, let alone failures.
The bottom line is that this is a valuable book for anyone who is interested in a comprehensive review of Soviet lunar exploration. And if the reader believes that he or she might know a lot about the Soviet space program (as did this reviewer) before reading the book, they will be surprised how little they actually knew after finishing it. Perhaps the greatest asset of this book is that it crystallizes how close the U.S. and Soviet Union were in the "race to the moon," and yet how far apart they were.