Rockets and People, Volume 3: Hot Days of the Cold War
by Boris Chertok
Publisher: NASA History Series 2009
Number of pages: 831
Chertok devotes a significant portion of the volume to the early years of Soviet human space flight in the early 1960's. These include a chapter on the Vostok and Voskhod programs, which left an indelible mark on early years of the 'space race', a lengthy meditation on the origins and early missions of the Soyuz space program, the flight and death of cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov during the very first piloted Soyuz flight in 1967.
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