Soviet and Russian Lunar Exploration (Paperback)

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This book tells the story of the Soviet and Russian lunar programme, from its origins to the present-day federal Russian space programme. Brian Harvey describes the techniques devised by the USSR for lunar landing, from the LK lunar module to the LOK lunar orbiter and versions tested in Earth's orbit. He asks whether these systems would have worked and examines how well they were tested. He concludes that political mismanagement rather than technology prevented the Soviet Union from landing cosmonauts on the moon. The book is well timed for the return to the moon by the United States and the first missions there by China and India.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780387218960
ISBN-10: 0387218963
Publisher: Praxis Publications Inc
Publication Date: January 1st, 2007
Pages: 318
Language: English
Series: Springer-Praxis Books in Space Exploration