The Scent of the Future: Manned Space Travel and the Soviet Union.
ARMY RUSSIAN INST APO NEW YORK 09053
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In the late 19th Century a school teacher in Kaluga, Russia, by the name of Konstantin Tsiolkovskiy began to lay down the theoretical basis for modern rocketry. In the latter half of the 20th Century the dream was transformed from science fiction into reality when the USSR launched Sputnik-1 on 4 October 1957. Since that unsophisticated sphere began sending its famous beeping from overhead, the Soviet Union has maintained an active space program. What are the aims of that program What do those aims portend How does the Soviet program compare with others What are its future directions likely to be This paper will investigate these questions, particularly as they apply to manned space flight and the cosmonaut program. The history of the Kremlins space effort will be discussed, announced and deduced goals of the program will be examined, and Moscows efforts will be compared with the programs of other space powers.
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- Manned Spacecraft