The Race for Space


Dawn of the Space Age 1903-1960

Dawn of the Space Age

From the Wright Brothers to Sputnik 1

It started with a handful of visionary thinkers… it took its first great leap forward during World War 2 with von Braun’s terror weapon, the V-2…it started to hot up during the Cold War as America and the Soviet Union began to see the military value of launching big rockets… and it began in earnest in 1957, when the USSR launched a tiny steel ball named Sputnik into orbit... Find out how it all came together – both officially and behind the scenes – as we begin one of the most remarkable stories ever told: the story of mankind’s Race for Space!

ISBN 978-1-907744-00-6
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First Into Space 1961-1963

First Into Space

Early manned missions

By 1961, both America and the Soviet Union were poised to send a man into space – but who would get there first? The answer came in April, when a young cosmonaut named Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit the Earth. It was a challenge to American power that could not go unanswered for long. Even as NASA’s Project Mercury launches struggled to keep pace with an increasingly ambitious Vostok program, thoughts in Washington were turning towards a goal that would place victory in the Race for Space beyond the Soviet Union’s reach.

ISBN 978-1-907744-02-0
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Fly Me to the Moon 1961-1965

Fly Me to the Moon

America's project Apollo

In May 1961, newly elected U.S. President John F. Kennedy faced a problem: how to steal back the Soviet Union’s lead in the space race. For the answer, he turned to Wernher von Braun and the fledgling NASA. With Kennedy’s blessing, America’s space agency embarked upon the one of the most audacious and technologically ambitious gambles of all time – to place a man on the Moon by the end of the decade. Could NASA’s scientists and engineers rise to the challenge? And what of the USSR’s plans to launch their own massive Moon rocket?

ISBN 978-1-907744-04-4
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Contributors to The Race for Space include:
David Baker is an award winning space consultant and author who worked on the NASA Apollo and Shuttle programs from the early 1960's to the 1980's. He now runs his own space consultancy in London.

Robin Scagell is a writer and broadcaster on space and astronomy. His TV appearances on Sky and the BBC earned him the 2007 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for space reporting. He runs Galaxy Picture Library at

Anatoly Zak is writer and illustrator specializing in space. A regular contributor to the BBC and the aerospace magazines, he also publishes - an online resource of space news and information.

Sean Blair edits the European Space Agency's Technology and Space Engineering web portals. In 2009 he was shortlisted for Youth Editor of the Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors.

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