[FPSPACE] Dennis Newkirk

David Portree dsfportree at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 19 14:56:13 EDT 2012

This is a shock. I'm so sorry for his family and many friends.
Dennis' ALMANAC helped inspire my MIR HARDWARE HERITAGE (NASA, 1995). 
Incidentally, I always had the idea that he was older. Knowing he was 28 when he published his ALMANAC increases my respect for him.

David S. F. Portree

dsfportree at hotmail.com
dportree at usgs.gov

From: dominic_phelan at hotmail.com
To: siddiqi at fordham.edu; fpspace at friends-partners.org
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:24:32 +0000
Subject: Re: [FPSPACE] Dennis Newkirk

Dennis was kind enough to send me some copies of his 'Russian Aerospace Guide' newsletter when I contacted him in the mid-1990s. In pre-Internet Ireland they were certainly a great help in my search for more information on Soviet spaceflight and I will always be thankful for that help. Although I didn't know him personally I'm still very saddened at his passing at such a young age.

Dominic Phelan



From: siddiqi at fordham.edu
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 23:39:08 -0400
To: fpspace at friends-partners.org
Subject: [FPSPACE] Dennis Newkirk

Dennis Newkirk passed away on April 12, 2012. He was the author (among many publications) of the wonderful Almanac of Soviet Manned Space Flight (1990).

He was a really great guy. Generous with his time and resources. I met him around '92 or so, and we got to be good friends soon after, sharing with each other everything we collected on the Soviet space program. He had a keen eye for Soviet space history and inspired many (including myself) with his generosity and good humor. He will be missed.

Asif Siddiqi

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