[FPSPACE] Re: Challenge to Apollo-Waiting for the Book
Sat, 9 Sep 2000 14:33:13 -0400
I had the same experience, the only answer I get from GPO is that the book
is not available and all one can do is to back order it.
Looks like they've alreay managed to make it a rarity.
From: Chuck Donaldson
To: fpspace@SOLAR.RTD.UTK.EDU; Dennis Newkirk
Sent: 9/9/00 2:04 AM
Subject: Re: [FPSPACE] Re: Challenge to Apollo-Waiting for the Book
I am in agony listening to all of these accolades to Asif. Enough
already. I've ordered the book, I've ordered one for a very close friend
experienced some of the space program with me and I have to wait until
darn GPO gets their supply of books.....mine are BACK ORDERED for god's
I can't take this torture for too much longer.....ahhhhhh.
> think it relates how US space program events influenced Soviet
> politics far better that previous books - not just the US did this so
> Soviets did that. Well, I could go one telling you about this, but I'd
> rather go back to reading the book...
> If you have a healthy interest in the history of spaceflight in
> you should read this book.
[I would if I could get my darn hands on it.]
> Dennis Newkirk - email@example.com
> Editor of the Russian Aerospace Guide http://www.mcs.net/~rusaerog
> Author of the Almanac of Soviet Manned Space Flight
> The book is:
> Asif A. Siddiqi, Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space
> 1945-1974 (Washington, D.C.: NASA SP-2000-4408)
> 1,011 pp.
> The book is available from:
> Please type "Challenge to Apollo" in the search box and all the
> information should come up.
> The book is a complete history of the Soviet piloted/manned space
> from 1945 to 1974. It begins with the origins of the Soviet ballistic
> missile program in 1945 and then continues to the suspension of the N1
> project in 1974. It covers programs such as VR-190, the antipodal
> early suborbital porgrams, Vostok, Voskhod, TOS, TMK, Raketoplan,
> Kosmoplan, Soyuz (various incarnations), Zond, Spiral, N1-L3, UR-700,
> Aelita, Salyut/DOS, Almaz, and many others.
> The book is not simply a technical work - I've tried to include two
> of Soviet space history that are usually given short-thrift - the
> story, and the institutional background. So hopefully those who want
> know what the 7K-OK-T or N1F-V3 is will be as interested in it as
> simply want to read an interesting story. I've included a lot of stuff
> I mean a lot) on both the people who ran the program and also the
> institutions which were created to run the program (various Special
> Committees, etc.). Hopefully this book will fill a gap in the English
> literature on these hitherto unknown aspects of the Soviet space
> I think NASA will make a formal announcement soon which I'll try and
> Thanks for interest!
> Asif Siddiqi
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