Encyclopedia Astronautica
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Books that should be on your bookshelf...

  • Baker, David, The History of Manned Spaceflight, Crown, New York, 1981. Category: History. The best overview of America's manned space programs up to Skylab. Information and details not available anywhere else. Unfortunately out of print and difficult to locate.
  • Burrough, Bryan, Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis Aboard Mir, Harper Collins, New York, 1998. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 0887307833. Gripping look into the heart of the current American and Soviet space programs. Clearly shows that the major hurdle to international space exploration is not technical, but intercultural. More at amazon.com...
  • Cassutt, Michael and Slayton, Deke, Deke! U.S. Manned Space: from Mercury to the Shuttle, Tom Doherty Associates, New York, 1994. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 031285918X. Absolutely the best astronaut biography - full inside details on the personalities of the US astronauts from the one who knew them all - and decided who would go to the moon. More at amazon.com...
  • Dyson, George, Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship, Henry Holt, 2002.. Category: Far Out. ISBN: 0805059857. Enormously fun account of the design by America's leading atomic scientists in the 1950's of a nuclear-pulse spaceship that, in lieu of Apollo, might have put American colonies on Mars by 1970. More at amazon.com...
  • Harvey, Brian, China's Space Program, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1998. Category: China. ISBN: 1852335661. Most comprehensive overview of the Chinese space program. More at amazon.com...
  • Jenkins, Dennis R,, Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System : The First 100 Missions, Third edition, Voyageur Press, 2001. Category: Shuttle. ISBN: 0963397451. Excellent - the most comprehensive account of the design, development, and flights of the space shuttle.Takes the reader from the maze of designs during the first shuttle competition to future plans. More at amazon.com...
  • Ley, Willy, Rockets Missiles and Men in Space, Viking Press, New York, 1968. Category: Rocketry. ISBN: 0670602264. Willy Ley was one of the great science writers and promoters of spaceflight in the 1950's. This book covers basic concepts and the history of rocketry up to the early 1960's. More at amazon.com...
  • Miller, Ron, The Dream Machines, Krieger, Malabar, Florida, 1993. Category: History. ISBN: 0894640399. Sensational chronological roundup of text, photos, and sketches of virtually every spacecraft and launch vehicle design every conceived but never built. A gold mine for space-struck baby boomers. More at amazon.com...
  • Mullane, Mike, Riding Rockets, Scribner, New York, 2006. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 9780743276825. The most open astronaut biography ever written, and by a politically incorrect raconteur and naturally story-teller. If you want the real skinny on the experience of being an astronaut - on the ground and in space - this is it. More at amazon.com...
  • Siddiqi, Asif A, Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race, 1945-1974, NASA SP-2000-4408, Washington, DC, 2000.. Category: Russian Space. The definitive history of the Soviet manned space program up to the early 1970's. Republished in two volumes as 'Sputnik and the Soviet Space Challenge' & 'The Soviet Space Race With Apollo' in 2003. ...On the Web Here...
  • Siddiqi, Asif A, Sputnik and the Soviet Space Challenge, University Press of Florida, 2003. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 081302627X. The definitive history of the Soviet manned space program up to the end of the 1950's. Originally published as the first part of 'Challenge to Apollo' by NASA in 2000 as NASA SP-2000-4408. More at amazon.com...
  • Siddiqi, Asif A, The Soviet Space Race With Apollo, University Press of Florida, 2003. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 0813026288. The definitive history of the Soviet manned space program in the 1960's to the early 1970's. Originally published as the the latter part of 'Challenge to Apollo' by NASA in 2000 as NASA SP-2000-4408. More at amazon.com...
  • Smith, Andrew, Moon Dust, Bloomsbury, London, 2005. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 9780747563693. A great read, the best meditation on the meaning of spaceflight and the nature of astronauts since Oriana Fallaci's If the Sun Dies. Smith interviews the nine living men who walked on the moon, finding out how Apollo changed them, and the world. More at amazon.com...
  • Wolfe, Tom, The Right Stuff, Various publishers, 1979. Category: Mercury. ISBN: 0553275569. The groundbreaking account of the Mercury astronauts. This started a wave of books revealing the real experience of the space race as opposed to the 'official version'. More at amazon.com...
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  • Brooks, Courtney G, Grimwood, Hames M, Swenson, Lloyd S, Chariots for Apollo, Government Printing Office, 1989. Category: Apollo. The official version - NASA's history of the Apollo program. ...On the Web Here...
  • Burrows, William E, Deep Black, Random House, New York, 1986. Category: Military Space. ISBN: 0394541243. Thorough but now (with release of early Keyhole satellite information) dated accounted of the American spy satellite program. More at amazon.com...
  • Collins, Michael, Carrying the Fire, Ballantine Books, New York, 1975. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 081541028X. The best personal account by an astronaut of his life and spaceflights. More at amazon.com...
  • Gunston, Bill,, Rockets and Missiles, Salamander, London, 1979. Category: Missiles. ISBN: 0861010299. Gunston, the most prolific aviation writer of all time, also produced this, the best Encyclopaedic account of military missiles ever produced. Sadly, never updated. More at amazon.com...
  • Hacker, Barton C and Crimwood, James,, On the Shoulders of Titans, Government Printing Office, 1977. Category: Gemini. The official version - NASA's history of the Gemini program. ...On the Web Here...
  • Isakowitz, Steven J, Hopkins, Joshua B, and Hopkins, Joseph P, International Reference to Space Launch Systems, AIAA, Washington DC, 2004. Category: Rocketry. ISBN: 156347591X. The best reference on launch vehicles ever produced. More at amazon.com...
  • Lehman, Milton, Robert H Goddard - Pioneer of Space Research, Da Capo, New York, 1988. Category: Biography. ISBN: 0306803313. Reprint of the classic Goddard biography, 'This High Man'. More at amazon.com...
  • Linenger, Jerry M, Off the Planet, McGraw-Hill, 2000. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 007136112X. Autobiography of astronaut Jerry Linenger, who also flew aboard the Mir station. Unusually frank account of the American and Russian space programs, and of a long-duration mission in space. More at amazon.com...
  • Lowther, William, Arms & the Man: Dr Gerald Bull, Iraq and the Supergun, Doubleday, 1991. Category: Rocketry. ISBN: 0333560698. The engrossing story of Gerald Bull, who had a dream of cheap gun-launched access to space - and who was forced to go to the Devil to have his dream fullfilled - and paid for it. More at amazon.com...
  • Michaels, D S, Red Moon, . Category: Space Fiction. ISBN: 1930782128. The best space fiction novel in 40 years portrays the desperate last ditch attempt of a Chelomei-like Chief Designer to put a cosmonaut on the moon before the Americans. Outstanding! More at amazon.com...
  • Miller, Jay,, The X-Planes, Aerofax, Arlington, Texas, 1988. Category: X-Planes. ISBN: 1857801091. Tremendous account of the entire X- experimental series of US aircraft, including the rocket planes X-1, X-15, and X-20. Another outstanding Jay Miller book. More at amazon.com...
  • Miller, Ron, and Durant, Frederick C III, The Art of Chesley Bonestell, Paper Tiger, 2001. Category: Far Out. ISBN: 1855858843. Large-format art book of the fabulous paintings of Chesley Bonestell, who's visions of human exploration of space contributed greatly to making those visions a reality. More at amazon.com...
  • Murray, Charles, and Cox, Catherine Bly, Apollo - The Race to the Moon, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1989. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 0671611011. Excellent account of the program managers and engineers that made the program happen . More at amazon.com...
  • Oberg, James E and Obert, Alcestis R, Pioneering Space, McGraw-Hill,1987. Category: Far Out. ISBN: 0070480346. A marvelous book - the real nitty-gritty of how human beings cope with the space environment. Answers many questions not answered elsewhere and confronts downright unpleasant aspects of spaceflight More at amazon.com...
  • Ordway, Frank, and Sharpe, Mitchell, The Rocket Team, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2000. Category: Rocketry. ISBN: 1894959000. Original published by Thomas Y Crowell, New York, 1979. Updated edition published in 2000. More at amazon.com...
  • Pellegrino, Charles R, and Stoff, Joshua,, Chariots for Apollo, Tab Books, Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, 1985. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 0380802619. The development of the Lunar Module, told with a gonzo journalist attitude and some inaccuracy. Very enjoyable. More at amazon.com...
  • Perminov, V G, The Difficult Road to Mars, Monographs in Aerospace History, Number 15, July 1999, NASA NP-1999-06-251-HQ.. Category: Planetary Exploration.
  • Portree, David S. F., Humans to Mars: Fifty Years of Mission Planning, 1950 - 2000, NASA Monographs in Aerospace History Series, Number 21, February 2001. Category: Planetary Exploration. Excellent overview of American plans for sending men to Mars.
  • Sagdeev, Roald Z, The Making of a Soviet Scientist, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1987. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 0471020311. Autobiographical account from the man at the center of Russia's unmanned planetary exploration program. Many revelations of the infighting between the Chief Designers and their Kremlin patrons. More at amazon.com...
  • Semenov, Yu. P., S P Korolev Space Corporation Energia, RKK Energia, 1994. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 1896522815. Dual English/Russian language picture book of the history of the Energia Corporation. Many unique photos and drawings of Korolev's rockets and spacecraft. Republished by Apogee books in 2000. More at amazon.com...
  • The Mercury Astronauts, We Seven, 1962. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: B00005X54G. The official version of the life, selection, and training of the Mercury astronauts, as ghost-written by Life magazine correspondents. The first book ever published on the astronauts, and a basic book More at amazon.com...
  • Turner, Martin J L, Expedition Mars, Springer Praxis, 2004. Category: Planetary Exploration. ISBN: 1852337354. Excellent overview that methodically takes the reader through the technical challenges and available solutions to each phase of a manned expedition to Mars. More at amazon.com...
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  • Armstrong, Neil; Collins, Michael; and Aldrin, Edwin E Jr, First on the Moon, Little Brown, 1970. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0316051608. Astronaut autobiography - the official version, according to the astronaut's Life magazine deal. Basic background information but no insight into the real life of the astronauts. More at amazon.com...
  • Benson, Charles D, Faherty,William Barnaby, Moonport: A History of Apollo Launch Facilities and Operations SP-4204 1978, NASA. Category: Rocketry. Official NASA history of the Saturn I, IB, and V launch facilities. ...On the Web Here...
  • Bilstein, Roger E, Stages to Saturn, US Government Printing Office, 1980. Category: Rocketry. ISBN: 0160489091. Excellent account of the evolution, design, and development of the Saturn launch vehicles. More at amazon.com...
  • Brower, Kenneth, The Starship and the Canoe, Bantam, 1979. Category: Far Out. ISBN: 0030391962. A meditation on the values and lives of Frederick Dyson, weapons scientist, father of the Orion nuclear pulse starship, and his son, who lives in the Pacific Northwest forest and builds canoes. More at amazon.com...
  • Caidin, Martin, Marooned, Bantam, New York, 1969. Category: Space Fiction. ISBN: 9997405307. Caidin was the most prolific 'space fiction' writer and this is his best known work. The original 1964 edition involved a Mercury capsule; this was updated to Apollo/Skylab for the movie in 1969. More at amazon.com...
  • Cernan, Gene with Davis, Donald A, The Last Man on the Moon : Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America's Race in Space, St. Martin's Griffin, 2000. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0312263511. Astronaut autobiography More at amazon.com...
  • Chaikin, Andrew, A Man on the Moon, Viking, New York, 1994. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 0140272011. Highly touted but perhaps overrated survey of the Apollo missions. More at amazon.com...
  • Chang, Iris, Thread of the Silkworm, Basic Books, New York, 1995. Category: China. ISBN: 0465006787. The story of how America, in the grip of McCarthyism, expelled the Father of Chinese Rocketry from CalTech to his homeland. A relatively small event with great consquences. More at amazon.com...
  • Clark, John D, Ignition!, Rutgers University Press, 1972. Category: Rocketry. ISBN: 0813507251. Outstanding first hand account of the development of liquid fuel rocket engines in the United States. More at amazon.com...
  • Clark, Philip, The Soviet Manned Space Program, Salamander Books, London, 1988. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 051756954X. By far the best account of the Soviet manned program, though now out of date due to the flood of revelations since Glasnost and the end of the cold war. More at amazon.com...
  • Dorman, Bernie, et. al., Aerojet: The Creative Company, Stuart F Cooper Company, Los Angeles, 1995.. Category: Rocketry. ISBN: 0-9659769-0-4. Out of print unauthorised history of Aerojet, as told by ex-employees. More such works are urgently needed to preserve the (non-governmental) history of the space race. More at amazon.com...
  • Fallaci, Oriana, If the Sun Dies, Kingsport Press, New York, 1966. Category: Far Out. ISBN: 0689706103. Impressionistic ramble through the American space program at the peak of its promise. Pre-Right Stuff, the only portrait of astronauts as human beings. Inspirational and irritating. More at amazon.com...
  • Ford, Brian, German Secret Weapons: Blueprint for Mars, Ballantine, New York, 1969. Category: Missiles. ISBN: 0345017390. More at amazon.com...
  • Gatland, Kenneth and Bono, Philip, Frontiers of Space, Macmillan, New York, 1969. Category: Far Out. ISBN: 071373504X. Largely taken over to a discussion of Bono's plug-nozzle, single stage to orbit designs and their advantages over winged shuttle designs. More at amazon.com...
  • Gatland, Kenneth, Robot Explorers, Macmillan, New York, 1972. Category: Planetary Exploration. ISBN: 0025428705. Good account of unmanned lunar and planetary spacecraft. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Dyna-Soar: Hypersonic Strategic Weapons System, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: X-Planes. ISBN: 1896522955. Collection of contemporary documents covering the development and death of Dyna-Soar, as well as a DVD with video of promotional films and systems tests. More at amazon.com...
  • Golovine, Michael N, Conflict in Space, Temple Press, London, 1962. Category: Military Space. Comprehensive account of the 'blue sky' studies on military use of space, done at the dawn of the space age and twenty years before the Strategic Defence Initiative.
  • Gray, Mike, Angle of Attack, Penguin, 1994. Category: Biography. ISBN: 014023280X. Biography of Harrison Storms, 'Chief Designer' of the X-15 and Apollo spacecraft. More at amazon.com...
  • Gunston, Bill, The Osprey Encylopedia of Russian Aircraft 1975-1995, Osprey, London, 1995. Category: X-Planes. ISBN: 1855324059. The greatest single reference on Soviet winged aircraft. More at amazon.com...
  • Hall, Rex, Editor, The History of Mir 1986-2000, British Interplanetary Society, 2000. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 0950659746. An collection of articles on the Mir station. The articles by Bart Hendrickx on Mir development and Andy Salmon on its flight experiments are particularly noteworthy. More at amazon.com...
  • Hay, Jacob and Keshishian, John, Autopsy for a Cosmonaut, Popular Library, New York, 1969. Category: Space Fiction. Odd but technically accurate fictional account of a pathologist trained for a Gemini flight and EVA - to conduct in-flight autopsies of Soviet cosmonauts that have perished in a marooned Voskhod!
  • Huchthausen, Peter, Kurdin, Igor, and White, R Alan, Hostile Waters, St Martin's Press, 1997. Category: Missiles. ISBN: 0312169280. The true story of the loss of Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-219 in 1986. A tremendous story of courage, and of conditions aboard a nuclear submarine with missiles leaking corrosive fuel... More at amazon.com...
  • Kaplan, Joseph; Von Braun, Wernher; et. al., Across the Space Frontier, Viking Press, New York, 1952. Category: Far Out. Von Braun's plans for a reusable space shuttle, an earth orbit space station, and a manned lunar orbiter are presented to the American public for the first time, made real by Bonestells' paintings.
  • Kelly, Thomas J, Moon Lander, Smithsonian Books, 2001. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 156098998X. Good account of the development of the Grumman lunar module from the point of view of the 'Chief Designer'. More at amazon.com...
  • Koelle, Heinz Hermann,, Handbook of Astronautical Engineering, McGraw-Hill,New York, 1961. Category: Technical. The only such comprehensive handbook ever produced, and at the dawn of the space age.
  • Ley, Willy, Watchers of the Skies, Viking, 1963. Category: History. ISBN: 0670750433. Invaluable popular history of astronomy and our knowledge of the other planets of the solar system. More at amazon.com...
  • Ley, Willy, and Bonestell, Chesley, The Conquest of Space, Viking Press, 1949. Category: Far Out. Ley's clear prose and Bonestell's awesome paintings inspired a generation of scientists and engineers by showing that human exploration of space was possible, and what wonders awaited.
  • Lovell, Jim, and Kluger, Jeffrey, Apollo 13, Pocket Books, New York, 1994. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 0671534645. Lovell's account of Apollo 13, the basis for the movie. Original title 'Lost Moon'. More at amazon.com...
  • Medaris, John B, with Gordon, Arthur, Countdown for Decision, Paperback Library, June, 1961.. Category: Biography.
  • Michels, Juergen and Przybilski, Olaf, Peenemuende und seine Erben in Ost und West, Bernard & Graefe, Bonn, 1997. Category: Rocketry. ISBN: 3763759603. Marvelous German language book traces the 'technology transfer' from the Peenemuende refugees to the rocketry programs of America, Russia, Germany, and other countries. More at amazon.com...
  • North, David M, Editor, Aviation Week and Space Technology, . Category: Subscription. The weekly journal of record for the world aerospace industry. Only a fraction of the articles cover space topics. Subscriptons: Aviation Week On-Line
  • O'Neill, Gerald, High Frontier, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Far Out. ISBN: 189652267X . Reprint of a seminal book from the 1970's that inspired a generation of engineers who believed in human colonizaton of space. More at amazon.com...
  • Rhea, John, Editor,, Roads to Space, Aviation Week Group, New York, ISBN 0076070956, 1995. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 0076070956. Abridged translation of a collection of oral recollections by the surviving Russian space pioneers at NPO Energia. A rich source of new information and anecdotes. More at amazon.com...
  • Shayler, David J, Apollo - The Lost and Forgotten Missions, Springer Verlag, 2002. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1852335750. The story of the cancelled Apollo mission (Apollo 18 to 20) More at amazon.com...
  • Swenson, Grimwood, Alexander, Charles C, This New Ocean, Government Printing Office, 1966. Category: Mercury. The official version - NASA's history of the Mercury Program. ...On the Web Here...
  • Von Braun, Wernher, The Mars Project, University of Illinois Press, 1991. Category: Planetary Exploration. ISBN: 0252062272. Reprint of Von Braun's original 1952 monograph identiying and solving the technical problems for a manned expedition to Mars. More at amazon.com...
  • Wibbeerley, Leonard, The Mouse on the Moon, Bantam, 1963. Category: Space Fiction. The Duchy of Grand Fenwick, the world's smallest sovereign nation, exploits super power rivalry to reach the moon minutes ahead of the Americans and Russians. Fun.
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  • Aldrin, Edwin E, Return to Earth, Random House, 1973. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0394488326. Astronaut autobiography More at amazon.com...
  • Cooper, Henry S F, Moonwreck, Granada, London, 1975. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 0801850975. Long before Apollo 13 this excellent account of the flight was available. Original title 13: The Flight That Failed More at amazon.com...
  • Cunningham, Walter, The All-American Boys, I Books, 2003. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0743458494. Astronaut autobiography More at amazon.com...
  • Ezell, Edward Clinton and Ezell, Linda Neuman, The Partnership: A History of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, NASA History Series SP-4209, 1978. Category: Russian Space. NASA official history of the first international manned space project.
  • Gainor, Chris, Arrows To The Moon, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1896522831. Account of the crucial role Canadian engineers - refugees from the cancelled CF-105 Canadian fighter program - played in the American Gemini and Apollo programs. More at amazon.com...
  • Groves, Gerald V, Editor, Spaceflight, . Category: Subscriptions. The only English-language monthly magazine on the past, present, and future of space exploration and space technology. Subscriptons: BIS.
  • Guenther, Ben, Miller, Jay, and Panopalis, Terry,, North American X-15/X-15A-2, Aerofax, Arlington, Texas, 1985. Category: X-Planes. ISBN: 0942548345. Comprehensive and technically excellent account of the X-15 program. More at amazon.com...
  • Hall, Rex and Shayler, David J, The Rocket Men, Springer-Verlag, 2001. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 185233391X. An account of the Vostok and Voskhod programs. More at amazon.com...
  • Harford, James, Korolev - How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive to Beat America to the Moon, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1997.. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 0471148539. The first and the best English-language book on the Soviet space program published since the fall of the Soviet Union and the opening of the archives. More at amazon.com...
  • Heinemann, Edward H, and Rausa, Rosario, Ed Heinemann: Combat Aircraft Designer, Naval Institute Press, 1980. Category: Biography. ISBN: 0870217976. Autobiography of one of the great aircraft designers of all time, including accounts of the D-558 rocketplane series. More at amazon.com...
  • Hesse, Walter J and Mumford, Nicholas VS Jr;, Jet Propulsion for Aerospace Applications - Second Edition, Pitman Publishing, New York, 1964. Category: Technical. This textbook, produced in the mid-1960's, remains the best introduction to jet propulsion for air and spacecraft.
  • Khrushchev, Sergei, Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower, Pennsylvania State University, 2000. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 0-271-01927-1. The English-language version of the memoirs of Khrushchev's son. A unique view of decision making in regard to the space and rocketry programmes at the highest level. More at amazon.com...
  • Klerkx, Greg, Lost in Space, Pantheon, 2004. Category: History. ISBN: 0375421505. Presentation of the case against NASA - how it has hindered, rather than helped, space exploration since Apollo. More at amazon.com...
  • Kraft, Christopher C, Flight: My Life in Mission Control, Penguin Putnam, 2002. Category: Biography. ISBN: 0452283043. More at amazon.com...
  • Kranz, Gene, Failure Is Not an Option, Berkley Publishing Group, 2000. Category: Biography. ISBN: 0425179877. OK biography of the most famous of the Apollo flight controllers. More at amazon.com...
  • Mellberg, Bill, Moon Missions: Mankind's First Voyages to Another World, Plymouth Press, 1997. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1882663128. More at amazon.com...
  • Miles, Frank and Booth, Nicholas, Race to Mars: The ITN Mars Flight Atlas, Macmillan, London, 1988. Category: Planetary Exploration. ISBN: 0333461770. At the very end of the Cold War it appeared, briefly, that there might be a new superpower space race to Mars. This account presents American plans and a presumed Soviet plan based on the Energia LV. More at amazon.com...
  • Miller, Jay, Convair B-58, Aerofax, 1985. Category: X-Planes. ISBN: 0942548256. Comprehensive account of the B-58 supersonic bomber, including its space-related Hustler rocket-powered pod, ASAT, satellite launch versions, and the Kingfish Mach 4 manned parasite reconn aircraft. More at amazon.com...
  • Miller, Jay, Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works, Voyageur Press, 1996. Category: X-Planes. ISBN: 1857800370. Comprehensive account of the (many previously-secret) aircraft developed by the Lockheed Skunk Works. Many of these (such as Suntan and the A-12) pioneered technology later used in spacecraft More at amazon.com...
  • Newport, Curt, Lost Spacecraft, Apogee Books, 2002. Category: Mercury. ISBN: 1896522882. The story of Gus Grissom's Liberty 7 spacecraft: its construction, flight, loss at sea, recovery 35 years later, and reconstruction. More at amazon.com...
  • Pahl, David, Space Warfare and Strategic Defense, Bison Books, New York, 1987. Category: Military Space. ISBN: 0671089250. Another 1980's coffee-table picture book, surveying the 'Star Wars' projects of the time. More at amazon.com...
  • Przybilski, Olaf, Almaz-Proton: Das supergeheime Aufklaerungssystem der UdSSR, Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Raumfahrtausstellung eV, TU Dresden, 2. Auflage, 1999.. Category: Russian Space. Outstanding German-language brochure on the Almaz and TKS manned military spacecraft.
  • Przybilski, Olaf, Das Geheimnis der deutschen Raketen und raketengetriebenen Fluggeraete, Podzun-Pallas, 2002. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 3790907634. Przybilski's original research provides a wealth of detail and anecdote on the transfer of German rocket technology to the Soviet Union. More at amazon.com...
  • Przybilski, Olaf, and Wotzlaw, Stefan, N-1 Herkules - Entwicklung und Absturz einer Traegerrakete, Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Raumfahrtausstellung e.V., 1996. Category: Russian Space. Best account of the development of the N-1 rocket and the Soviet lunar program. In German.
  • Reynolds, David West, Apollo - The Epic Journey to the Moon, Harcourt, 2002. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 0151009643. Lavishly illustrated account of the Apollo program and its individual flights. More at amazon.com...
  • Riabchikov, Evgeny, Russians in Space, Doubleday, New York, 1971. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 0385012284. The best Soviet account of their space program before the space station era. More at amazon.com...
  • Rich, Ben R with Janos, Leo, Skunk Works, Back Bay Books, 1996. Category: Biography. ISBN: 0316743003. Insider account of the techniques used to develop the most advanced aircraft at minimum cost at the Lockheed Skunk Works. More at amazon.com...
  • Richelson, Jeffrey T, America's Secret Eyes in Space, Harper and Row, New York, 1990. Category: Military Space. ISBN: 0887302858. Comprehensive account of the US spy satellite projects. Now dated due to latest Keyhole project declassification. More at amazon.com...
  • Schirra, Wally with Billings, Richard N, Schirra's Space, Naval Institute Press, 1995. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 1557507929. Astronaut autobiography More at amazon.com...
  • The Mars Society, On To Mars, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Planetary Exploration. ISBN: 1896522904. More at amazon.com...
  • von Karman, Theodore, with Edson, Lee, The Wind and Beyond: Theodore von Karman, Pioneer in Aviation and Pathfinder in Space, Little, Brown and Co, 1967. Category: Biography. Autobiography of the leading intellectual light behind the development of rocketry and the Cold War US Air Force in the United States.
  • Wendt, Guenter with Still, Russell, The Unbroken Chain, Apogee Books, 2001. Category: Biography. ISBN: 189652284X. I vunder ver Guenter Vendt? - the memoirs of the last man to see the astronauts before their launches into space. More at amazon.com...
Nuts and Bolts
  • Aldrin, Buzz with McConnell, Malcolm, Men from Earth, Bantam, 1989. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0553053744. Astronaut autobiography More at amazon.com...
  • Alibek, Ken, Biohazard, Hutchinson, London, 1999. Category: History. ISBN: 0091800854. More at amazon.com...
  • Alway, Peter, Rockets of the World, Saturn Press, Ann Arbor, 1995. Category: Rocketry. ISBN: 0962787655. Comprehensive account of world rocketry, from the beginning 'til now, from sounding rockets to Saturns. Oriented toward rocket modellers, with accurate drawings and color guides. More at amazon.com...
  • Baker, David, Spaceflight and Rocketry -- a Chronology, Facts on File Inc, 1996. Category: History. ISBN: 0-8160-1853-7. More at amazon.com...
  • Baxter, Stephen, Titan, Eos, 1998. Category: Space Fiction. ISBN: 0061057134. A one-way mission to Saturn's moon is launched after life is detected. A modified shuttle, a couple of Apollo command modules, and two refurbished Saturn V gate guardians are called into service. More at amazon.com...
  • Baxter, Stephen, Voyage, 1996. Category: Space Fiction. ISBN: 0061057088. Might-have-been NASA manned Mars mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Baxter, Stephen, Voyage, Eos, 1997. Category: Space Fiction. ISBN: 0061057088. An alternative history of space exploration. After Apollo 11, the Americans push ahead with a manned Mars landing program instead of the building the Space Shuttle, landing on the Red Planet in 1986.. More at amazon.com...
  • Belyakov, R A and Marmain, J, MiG-Fifty Years of Secret Aircraft Design, Airlife, England, 1994. Category: X-Planes. ISBN: 0904597806. Comprehensive English account of the products of the MiG design bureau. Mainly covers fighters, but included are detailed descriptions of the MiG-105 spaceplane and earlier rocketplane designs. More at amazon.com...
  • Bille, Matt; Lishock, Erika; and Van Allen, James A, The First Space Race: Launching the World's First Satellites, Texas A&M University Press, 2004. Category: History. ISBN: 1585443743. The battle to put the first satellite in orbit - between the United States and Soviet Union, and internally within both countries... More at amazon.com...
  • Borman, Frank and Serling, Robert J., Countdown : An Autobiography, William Morrow, 1988. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 5552106857. Astronaut autobiography More at amazon.com...
  • Burgess, Colin; Doolan, Kate; Vis, Bert, Fallen Astronauts, Bison Books, 2003. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0803262124. The biographies of the astronauts and cosmonauts who perished while training for or participating in spaceflight. More at amazon.com...

  • Cabbage, Michael and Harwood, William, Comm Check..., Free Press, 2004. Category: Shuttle. ISBN: 0743260910. The background to the Columbia disaster. More at amazon.com...
  • Caidin, Martin, Four Came Back, Baen, 1967. Category: Space Fiction. ISBN: 0671654330. A deadly plague breaks out aboard a space station made from a Saturn V second stage. More at amazon.com...
  • Caidin, Martin, Killer Station, Baen, 1985. Category: Space Fiction. ISBN: 0671559966. Cold war story of Russian and American struggle for control of an orbiting space station. More at amazon.com...
  • Caidin, Martin, No Man's World, Dutton, 1967. Category: Space Fiction. The Americans and Russians race to the moon, using any possible means to take possession. Impossible to find...
  • Caidin, Martin, The Cape, Doubleday, 1971. Category: Space Fiction. A Saturn V launch sabotaged by a German scientist who is secretly a Communist agent, in deep cover throughout the whole space program. Dreadful - filled with drunken macho over-sexed engineers.
  • Caprara, Giovanni, La Conquista di Marti, DeAgostini, 2002. Category: Planetary Exploration. ISBN: 8841805382. Comprehensive international survey of the discovery of Mars - by earth-based astronomers, robot probes, plans for manned expeditions, and as portrayed by Hollywood. In Italian. More at amazon.com...
  • Carpenter, Scott with Stoever, Kris, For Spacious Skies, Harcourt, 2003. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0151004676. Astronaut autobiography More at amazon.com...
  • Cassutt, Michael, Missing Man, St Croix, 1998. Category: Space Fiction. ISBN: 0812577868. A murder mystery set against the US Shuttle program. Crammed full of insider gossip and stories which makes the reader wonder - to which real-life astronaut does each juicy tidbit actually refer to? More at amazon.com...
  • Cassutt, Michael, Red Moon, Forge, 2001. Category: Space Fiction. ISBN: 0312874405. A fictional story set against the background of real events of the Soviet lunar program in the late 1960's. It is a pity that the effort was not put into providing a popular non-fiction account. More at amazon.com...
  • Cassutt, Michael, Who's Who in Space, Macmillan, New York, 1993. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0028649656. Marvelous book with complete biographies of all flown and unflown cosmonauts and astronauts. What they did before and after their tours of duty, explanation of selection groups, much more.. More at amazon.com...
  • Chacko, George K, ed., Reducing the Cost of Space Transportation, AAS Science and Technology Series, Vol. 21, 1969. Category: Far Out. ISBN: 0877030499. A good collection of articles just prior to the shuttle competition on competing methods of reaching orbit cheaply. More at amazon.com...
  • Cohan, Christopher J, Space Transportation Systems, 1980-2000, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, New York, 1978. Category: Far Out.
  • Cooper, Gordon with Henderson, Bruce, Leap of Faith, Harper Toch, 2002. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0061098779. Astronaut autobiography More at amazon.com...
  • Day, Dwayne A (Editor), et. al., Eye in the Sky : The Story of the Corona Spy Satellites, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998. Category: Military Space. ISBN: 1560988304. More at amazon.com...
  • Deacon, Richard, The Chinese Secret Service, Ballantine, 1976. Category: China. ISBN: 0345249011225. A comprehensive history of its topic, but also the first book to reveal substantial new details on the recruitment and defection of Chinese rocket scientist Chien Hsue Shen More at amazon.com...
  • Dickson, Gordon, Far Call, Ace, 1992. Category: Space Fiction. ISBN: 0441227996. An expedition to Mars using the Boeing spacecraft designed in 1969. More at amazon.com...
  • Dornberger, Walter, Peenemuende, Moewig, Berlin 1985.. Category: Rocketry. ISBN: 3811843419. German-language account of the development of the V-2 by the Commander of the Peenemuende rocket development centre. More at amazon.com...
  • Drury, Allen, The Throne of Saturn, 1968. Category: Space Fiction. ISBN: B00005WY62. A novel about the politics of space and NASA just after the lunar landing. Concentrates on the national politics surrounding a multi-crew Mars expedition. More at amazon.com...
  • Duke, Charlie, Moonwalker, Thomas Nelson, 1990. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0840791062. Astronaut autobiography More at amazon.com...
  • Emme, Eugene M, Aeronautical and Astronautical Events of 1961 Report of NASA to the Committee on Science and Astronautics US House of Representatives 87th Cong 2d Sess, NASA, 1962. Category: History. ...On the Web Here...
  • Emme, Eugene M, Aeronautics and Astronautics: An American Chronology of Science and Technology in the Exploration of Space 1915-1960, NASA, 1961. Category: History. ...On the Web Here...
  • Ertel , Ivan D; Morse , Mary Louise; et al, The Apollo Spacecraft Chronology Vol I - IV NASA SP-4009, NASA, 1966-1974. Category: Apollo. ...On the Web Here...
  • Ezell , Edward Clinton and Ezell, Linda Neuman, On Mars: Exploration of the Red Planet 1958-1978, NASA SP-4212, 1984. Category: Planetary Exploration. ISBN: B0001018KA. More at amazon.com...
  • Furniss, Tim, Manned Spaceflight Log, Jane's, London, 1986. Category: History. ISBN: 0710604025. Summary of all manned spaceflights up to 1986. Pre-Glasnost, so many 'war stories' of Soviet manned spaceflight are not included. More at amazon.com...
  • Gatland, Kenneth, Manned Spacecraft, Macmillan, New York, 1968. Category: History. ISBN: 0025428209. First of a marvelous series of pocket-size hardbacks covering spacecraft and rocketry. More at amazon.com...
  • Gatland, Kenneth, Missiles and Rockets, Macmillan, New York, 1975. Category: Rocketry. ISBN: 0713735058. Covers rocketry of all nations. More at amazon.com...
  • Gatland, Kenneth, Spacecraft and Boosters, Iliffe Books. London, 1964. Category: Rocketry. Survey of world launch vehicles.
  • Gatland, Kenneth, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Space Technology, Salamander, New York, 1981. Category: History. ISBN: 0517542587. Large format overview of rocketry, spacecraft, and space history up to the end of the 1970's. More at amazon.com...
  • Gibson, James N, The Navaho Missile Project, Schiffer, 1996. Category: Missiles. ISBN: 0764300482. The only book available on the fabulous Navaho project. Written by the son of one of the project workers, not nearly detailed enough, but it's all we've got.... More at amazon.com...
  • Glenn, John and Taylor, Nick, John Glenn : A Memoir, Bantam Doubleday, 1999. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0553110748. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Apollo 10 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1896522521 . A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Apollo 11 Volume 1 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 189652253X . A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Apollo 11 Volume 2 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1896522491 . A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Apollo 11 Volume 3 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1896522858. A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Apollo 12 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1896522548 . A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Apollo 13 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1896522556 . A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Apollo 14 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1896522564 . A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Apollo 15 - The NASA Mission Reports Volume 1, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1896522572 . A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Apollo 16 Volume 1 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1896522580. A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Apollo 17 Volume 1 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1896522599. A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Apollo 7 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1896522645 . A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Apollo 8 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1896522661 . A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Apollo 9 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1896522513 . A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Columbia Accident Investigation Report + Supplemental Materials , Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Shuttle. ISBN: 189495906X. A collection of key original documents on the Columbia tragedy. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Freedom 7 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Mercury. ISBN: 1896522807 . A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Friendship 7 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Mercury. ISBN: 1896522602 . A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Gemini 12 - The NASA Mission Reports , Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Gemini. ISBN: 1894959043. A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Gemini 6 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Gemini. ISBN: 1896522610 . A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Gemini 7 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Gemini. ISBN: 1896522807 . A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Mars - The NASA Mission Reports Volume 2, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Planetary Exploration. ISBN: 1894959051. A collection of key original documents on the robot missions to Mars. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Mars - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Planetary Exploration. ISBN: 1896522629 . A collection of key original documents on the robot missions to Mars. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Sigma 7 The NASA Mission Reports , Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Mercury. ISBN: 1894959019. A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, Space Shuttle STS 1-5 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Shuttle. ISBN: 1896522696 . A collection of key original documents on the mission. More at amazon.com...
  • Godwin, Robert, editor, X-15 - The NASA Mission Reports, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: X-Planes. ISBN: 1896522653 . A collection of key original documents on the X-15 flights. More at amazon.com...
  • Grimwood, James M., Project Mercury: A Chronology, NASA Special Publication-4001. Category: Mercury.
  • Grissom, Betty, Starfall, Crowell, 1974. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0690004737. Astronaut biography More at amazon.com...
  • Hall, Rex and Shayler, David J, Soyuz, Telos, 2003. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 1852336579. A review in English of the development and flights of the Soyuz spacecraft. More at amazon.com...
  • Hansen, James R, First Man - The Life of Neil Armstrong, Simon and Schuster, London, 2005. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 9780743259637. The official biography of Neil Armstrong. Voluminous, no new insights, unreadable. Too bad. More at amazon.com...
  • Hardy, David A, Visions of Space, Paper Tiger, 1989. Category: Far Out. ISBN: 1850280983. Large format book of art by the foremost space artists, illustrating, past and present, plans for human exploration of space and the wonder of other worlds. More at amazon.com...
  • Harrison, Payne, Storming Intrepid, Random House, 1991. Category: Space Fiction. ISBN: 0517571331. A Soviet spy hijacks the space shuttle as it attempts to deploy a space based defence system.. More at amazon.com...
  • Hart, Douglas, The Encyclopedia of Soviet Spacecraft, Bison Books, London, 1987. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 0600552535. Another 1980's Bison picture-book. Fair text but pre-Glasnost information. Nice photos but some of the captions are way off and even unintentionally hilarious. More at amazon.com...
  • Harvey, Brian, Russia in Space, Springer-Praxis, 2001. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 1852332034. Account of the ascent and decline of the Russian space program. More at amazon.com...
  • Hooper, Gordon R, The Soviet Cosmonaut Team, GRH Publications, Woodbridge, UK, 1986. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0951131206. Comprehensive pre-Glasnost biographies of Soviet cosmonauts known up to that time. More at amazon.com...
  • Husband, Evelyn with Vanliere, Donna, High Calling, Nelson Books, 2004. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0785261958. Biography of astronaut Rick Husband, who perished in the Columbia disaster, with emphasis on his spiritual life. More at amazon.com...
  • Irwin, James B, To Rule the Night, A. J. Holman, 1973. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0879810246. Astronaut autobiography More at amazon.com...
  • James, Peter N, Soviet Conquest from Space, Arlington House, New Rochelle, New York, 1974. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 0870002244. Idiosyncratic account by a disgruntled agent of US Air Force intelligence, spilled the beans years ahead of time on what was going on in Soviet space developments. More at amazon.com...
  • James, Peter N, The Air Force Mafia, Arlington House, New Rochelle, New York, 1975. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 0870002899. Account of James' fight with USAF Foreign Technology Division - how intelligence on Soviet rocketry was both spun and provided to favoured contractors. A whisteblower's courageous scream, to no effect More at amazon.com...
  • Johnson, Clarence L with Smith, Maggie, Kelly: More Than My Share of It All, Smithsonian Books, 1990. Category: Biography. ISBN: 0874744911. Autobiography of the Lockheed Skunk Works 'Chief Designer'. More at amazon.com...
  • Johnson, Nicholas L, The Soviet Reach for the Moon, Cosmos Books, Washington, DC, 1994. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 1885606035. The best English account of the Soviet lunar program. Unfortunately out of print and unavailable. More at amazon.com...
  • Johnson, Nicholas L; and Rodvold, David M, Europe and Asia in Space 1993-1994, USAF Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM 80907, 1995.. Category: Russian Space. Comprehensive survey of Russian, Chinese, and European launchers and spacecraft.
  • Kiselev, Anatoly I, introduction, Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, 1996. Category: Russian Space. Colour brochure, in English and Russian, on the history and current products of the Russian space station manufacturer.
  • Kluger, Jeffrey, Moon Hunters, Touchstone, 2001. Category: Planetary Exploration. ISBN: 0684865599. An account of the human side of 40 years of Jet Propulsion Laboratory robot probes to the planets - unfortunately marred by numerous technical errors. More at amazon.com...
  • Konecci, Eugene, Hunter, Maxwell, and Trapp, Robert, ed, Space Age in Fiscal Year 2001, American Astronautical Society, 1967. Category: Far Out. Papers from an American Astronautical Society conference in 1967. See what wonders (nuclear fusion drives, magnetic radiation/meteorite shields, etc.) were anticipated for now thirty years ago.
  • Kraft, Christopher C, editor, Manned Spacecraft: Engineering Design and Operation, NASA, 1968.. Category: Technical. Collection of articles presenting technical aspects of the design of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spacecraft.
  • Lay, Beirne Jr, Earthbound Astronauts, Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, 1971. Category: Biography. ISBN: 0132223074. A book that unusually interviews some of the American 'Chief Designers' - the industrial managers and engineers behind the Apollo spacecraft and Saturn booster. More at amazon.com...
  • Lebedev, Vladimir, and Gagarin, Yuri, Survival in Space, Bantam, 1969.. Category: Russian Space. English-language version of a book co-authored by Gagarin on the psychological problems of spaceflight.
  • Liebergot, Sy, Apollo EECOM Journey of a Lifetime, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Biography. ISBN: 1896522963. First-person account of a key member of ground control during the early space program. More at amazon.com...
  • Lindsay, Hamish, Tracking Apollo to the Moon, Springer-Verlag, 2001. Category: Biography. ISBN: 1852332123. Anecdotes from the tracking station point of view, as immortalised in the film 'The Dish'. More at amazon.com...
  • MacKnight, Nigel, Shuttle 2, Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin, 1986. Category: Shuttle. ISBN: 0879383054. Nigel MacKnight ran the best space magazine ever in the 1980's. It folded, but some of the material is available in a series of books on the Shuttle. More at amazon.com...
  • Martin, A R, editor, Project Daedalus, British Interplanetary Society, 1978.. Category: Far Out. Collection of technical papers published by the British Interplanetary Society in 1978 on the possible design of an interstellar unmanned probe.
  • Matson, Dr Wayne R, Editor, Cosmonautics - A Colorful History, Cosmos Books, Washington DC, 1994. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 1885609019. Handsome picture book on Soviet manned spaceflight - no longer available. The author skipped town, leaving a lot of folks who ordered expensive space tours and books from him holding the bag.... More at amazon.com...
  • Matthews, Henry, The Secret Story of the Soviet Space Shuttle, X-Planes Book 1, Beirut, Lebanon, 1994. Category: Russian Space. Unusual English-language book, published in Beirut, on Soviet spaceplanes. Some information since found to be in error, but a valuable work.
  • Michener, James, Space, Corgi, 1982. Category: Space Fiction. ISBN: 0558122831. Michener's long fictionalised account of the American space program, from Operation Paperclip to the Apollo moon landings. Too bad all that effort wasn't spent in producing a non-fiction account. More at amazon.com...
  • Mitchell, Edgar with Williams, Dwight, The Way of the Explorer, Putnam, 1996. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0399141618. Astronaut autobiography More at amazon.com...
  • Myrabo, Leik, and Ing, Dean, The Future of Flight, Baen, 1985. Category: Far Out. ISBN: 0671559419. An alternate view of the future of air and space flight, where energy will be beamed to the aerospacecraft rather than generate on-board. More at amazon.com...
  • Newell, Homer E, editor, Sounding Rockets, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1959. Category: Rocketry.
  • Newkirk, Dennis, Almanac of Soviet Manned Space Flight, 1990. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 0872018482. No longer issued. More at amazon.com...
  • Oberg, James, Red Star in Orbit, Random House, New York, 1981. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 0394514297. Oberg's book was, at its time, the most accurate, and still the most lively account of the Soviet manned program. More at amazon.com...
  • Pace, Steve, Valkyrie North American XB-70A, Aero Publishers, 1984. Category: X-Planes. ISBN: 0816816101. Account of the design, development, and flight test of the Mach 3 XB-70 bomber. More at amazon.com...
  • Pandher, Gurdeep, Among The Stars - Life and Dreams of Kalpana Chawla, . Category: Astronaut Biography. ...On the Web Here...
  • Peebles, Curtis, Battle for Space, Bookthrift, 1987. Category: Military Space. ISBN: 0825301602. More at amazon.com...
  • Pogue, Bill, Space Trivia, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: History. ISBN: 189652298X. Skylab astronaut Bill Pogue's take on some trivial, some not-so-trivial information. More at amazon.com...
  • Portree, David S. F., Mir Hardware Heritage, NASA Reference Publication 1357, March 1995. Category: Russian Space. Excellent overview, needing some updating in line with more recent revelations on Soviet programs. Considered the NASA ISS team Bible on Russian space hardware.
  • Shayler, David J, Gemini Steps to the Moon, Springer-Verlag Telos, 2001. Category: Gemini. ISBN: 1852334053. Account of the details of the Gemini program. More at amazon.com...
  • Shayler, David J, Walking in Space, Springer-Praxis, 2003. Category: History. ISBN: 1852337109. Account of the development of EVA techniques and equipment. More at amazon.com...
  • Sheldon, Charles II, Soviet Space Programs 1966-1970 1971-1975 1976-1980, US Government Printing Office, 1971,1976,1980. Category: Russian Space. These were essential sources for basic information until the 1980's. Sheldon's work has survived him in the use of his system for designation Soviet launch vehicles.
  • Shepard, Alan, and Slayton, Deke, Moon Shot, Turner Publishing, 1994. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 1878685546. Overrated superficial astronaut autobiography with many technical errors. Buy 'Deke!' instead.... More at amazon.com...
  • Smolders, Peter,, Soviets in Space, Taplinger Press, New York, 1974. Category: Russian Space. The best account until the 1980's of the Soviet manned program.
  • Stafford, Tom with Cassutt, Michael, We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race, Smithsonian Books, 2004. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 1588341011. Astronaut autobiography More at amazon.com...
  • Stine, G Harry (writing as Correy), Shuttle Down!, 1981. Category: Space Fiction. ISBN: 0345292626. Accurate story of main engine failure on a shuttle polar lanch, followed by a deadstick landing on Easter Island, and subsequent complications. More at amazon.com...
  • Sullivan, Scott, Virtual Apollo, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Apollo. ISBN: 1896522947. Totally in depth study of the Apollo spacecraft. More at amazon.com...
  • Sutton, Jeff, Apollo at Go, 1963. Category: Space Fiction. ISBN: B00005X6WD. Fictional account of the first Moon landing. More at amazon.com...
  • Thompson, Neal, Light This Candle, Crown Publishing, 2004. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 0609610015. Astronaut biography More at amazon.com...
  • Titov, Gherman, and Caidin, Martin, I Am Eagle!, Bobbs-Merrill, New York, 1962. Category: Astronaut Biography. English autobiography of the second cosmonaut in space. Until the end of the 1960's, the only inside account of the Soviet space program...
  • Turnill, Reginald,, The Observer's Spaceflight Directory, Frederick Warne, London, 1978. Category: History. ISBN: 0723220514. Good miniature encyclopaedia of space programs just before the shuttle started flying. More at amazon.com...
  • Von Braun, Wernher, and Ley, Willy, La Conquista del Espacio, Espasa-calpe, SA, Madrid, 1966. Category: Planetary Exploration. Spanish edition consolidating Von Braun's pioneering 'Across the Space Frontier' and 'Conquest of the Moon'.
  • Wilson, Andrew, editor,, Jane's/Interavia Space Directory, Jane's Information Group, Coulsdon, Surrey, 1992 et al. Category: History. ISBN: 0710618107. The most comprehensive source of information for current space projects. Too expensive for human beings and most libraries. More at amazon.com...
  • Woodmansee, Laura, Women Astronauts, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 1896522874. More at amazon.com...
  • Woodmansee, Laura, Women Of Space, Collector's Guide Publishing, Ontario, Canada, 2003.. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 1894959035. More at amazon.com...
  • Yakovlev, Alexander, The Aim of a Lifetime, Progress, Moscow, 1972. Category: Russian Space. Autobiography of Russian aircraft designer Yakovlev. An official but still revealing account of the aerospace industry under Stalin.
  • Yenne, Bill, The Encyclopedia of U S Spacecraft, Bison, London, 1985. Category: History. ISBN: 0671075082. Large format picture book covering US manned and unmanned spacecraft launched up to the mid-1980's. More at amazon.com...
  • Yenne, Bill, Editor, Interplanetary Spacecraft, Brompton, London, 1988. Category: Planetary Exploration. ISBN: 0861244397. Odd large format book setting forth design for low-cost Pluto probe launched by Liberty launch vehicle. Background on previous US probes. More at amazon.com...
Rocketry
  • Strom, Steven R, International Launch Site Guide, Aerospace Press, El Segundo, 2005. Category: New. ISBN: 1884989160. The first comprehensive guide to international spaceports, a complementary volume to the AIAA's International Launch Vehicle Guide. More at amazon.com...
  • Walker, Chuck, with Powell, Joel, Atlas - The Ultimate Weapon, Apogee Books, Canada, 2005. Category: New. ISBN: 1894959183. Another excellent Apogee Book, the only in-depth account of the design, development, and production of the rocket that was America's first ICBM, pioneered US spaceflight, and continued to take payloads into orbit into the next millenium. More at amazon.com...
Russian Language
  • Afanasyev, I B, Neizvestnie korabli, Kosmonavtika, Astronomiya, Znanie, 12-91.. Category: Russian Space. This basic monograph revealed for the first time the many cancelled Soviet manned space projects.
  • Chertok, Boris Yevseyevich, Raketi i lyudi, Mashinostroenie, Moscow, 1994-1999.. Category: Biography. ISBN: 5217024976. Russian language autobiography in four volumes of one of Korolev's chief assistants. NASA is in the process of translating the work - the pdf is for the first volume only, up to WW2. More at amazon.com... ...On the Web Here...
  • Filin, V M, Vosplominaniya o lunnom korable, Izdatelstvo 'Kultura', 1992. Category: Russian Space. Russian-language account of the design and development of the LK lunar lander.
  • Golovanov, Yarsolav, Korolev - fakti i mifi, Nauka, Moscow, 1994. Category: Biography. Groundbreaking Russian language biography of the Soviet Chief Designer.
  • Gorodnichev, Yu P, et. al., 80 let GKNPTs imemi M V Khrunicheva, GKNPTs i Khrunicheva, 1995. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 5865080784. 80th Anniversary tribute, in words and pictures, of the Khrunichev factory - which began with automobiles, moved on to aircraft, then missiles, space boosters, and manned space stations. More at amazon.com...
  • Kamanin, N P, Skritiy kosmos, Infortext, Moscow, 1995. Category: Biography. The diary of the Commander of the Soviet Cosmonaut Team in the 1960's - a source of great insights into the space program. Four volumes issued to date.
  • Karpenko, A V, 50 let KB 'Arsenal' imeni M V Frunze, Nevski Bastion, 1.99, 1999.. Category: Russian Space. History of the artillery, missiles, and spacecraft developed by the oldest design bureau in Russia - KB Arsenal, which can trace its history back to its founding by Peter the Great in 1711.
  • Karpenko, A V, and Ganin, S M, Otechestvenniye aviatsionniye takticheskiye rakety, Sankt-Peterburg: Nevskii bastion; Gangut 2000.. Category: Missiles. Well-illustrated encyclopedia of Russian tactical air-to-ground missiles.
  • Karpenko, A V, Utkin, A F and Popov,A D, Otechestvenniye strategischeskiye raketnoye kompleks, Sankt-Peterburg: Nevskii bastion; Gangut 1999.. Category: Missiles. Well-illustrated encyclopedia of the missiles of the Russian strategic missile forces.
  • Kozlov, D I, Konstruirovanie avtomaticheskikh kosmicheskikh apparatov, Mashnostroenie, Moscow, 1996. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 521702657X. Technical account of the design of unmanned spacecraft by the Soviet Union's chief designer for reconnaisance satellites. More at amazon.com...
  • Kudryavtsev, V M, et.al., Osnovy Teorii i Rascheta, Moscow, Vysshaya Shkola, 1993 via Dietrich Haeseler. Category: Rocketry. ISBN: 5060025624. Russian-language textbook on rocket theory; contains some information on Russian rocket engines. More at amazon.com...
  • Kudryavtseva, V M, ed., Zhidkostnikh Raketnikh Dvigatley, Visshaya Shkola, Moscow, 1993. Category: Rocketry. ISBN: 5060025632. Russian-language textbook on rocket theory. More at amazon.com...
  • Lozino-Lozinskiy, G E, editor, Aviationno-kosmicheskiye sistemy, MAI, Moscow, 1997. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 5703520681. Russian language collection of technical papers that cover the design, development, engineering, and flight test results of the BOR-4, BOR-5, Buran, and MAKS spaceplanes. Includes intermediate designs More at amazon.com...
  • Marinin, Igor, Novosti kosmonavtiki, . Category: Subscription. A biweekly Russian-language magazine on the past, present, and future of space exploration and space technology. Subscriptions: here.
  • Melnik, T G, Voenno-Kosmicheskiy Siliy, Nauka, Moscow, 1997.. Category: Missiles. Two-volume official history of the (now defunct) Russin space forces.
  • Pervov, Mikhail, Raketnoye Oruzhiye RVSN, Violanta, Moscow, 1999.. Category: Missiles. Narrative overview of the missiles of the Russian strategic missile forces.
  • Petrakov, V M, O vklade OKB-23 V M Myasishcheva v prakticheskoe osushchecstvlenie idey K E Tsilokovskovo, Akademiya Nauk SSSR, Koissiya po razrabotke nauchnovo nasoediya K E Tsiolkovskovo, 1990/I16.. Category: Russian Space. Monograph documenting the history of the Buran cruise missile and Myasishchev spaceplanes, 1954-1960.
  • Podvig, P L, Strategicheskoe Yadernoe Vooruzhenie Rossii, Isd. Atomnoy Tekhnike, Moscow, 1998. Category: Missiles. Comprehensive review of Soviet and Russian strategic missile development from 1945-1998.
  • Rakhmanin, V F, Odnazhdy i Navsegda, NPO Energomash, Moscow 1998 via Dietrich Haeseler. Category: Rocketry. Biography and history of development of the rocket motors of Glushko.
  • Semenov, Yu P, Lozino-Lozinsky, et. al., Mnogorazoviy orbitalniy korabl 'Buran', Mashinostroenne, Moscow, 1995. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 521702772X. Russian language book devoted to describing the space shuttle Buran in great technical detail. What was to have been... More at amazon.com...
  • Semenov, Yuri P Editor, Raketno-kosmicheskaya korporatsiya 'Energia' imeni S P Koroleva, Moscow, Russia, 1996. Category: Russian Space. Russian in-house history of the Energia Corporation and its predecessors. Unprecedented detail, photographs, designations, and drawings, on the products of Korolev's OKB.
  • Vetrov, G S, S. P. Korolev i evo delo, Nauka, Moscow, 1998. Category: Russian Space. ISBN: 5020036846. The collected papers of Soviet Chief Designer Korolev. A tremendous source of new information and insight on the Soviet space program. Russian language. More at amazon.com...
  • Yeftifyev, M D, Iz istorii sozdaniya zenito-raketnovo shchita rossii, Vuzovskaya kniga, Moscow, 2000. Category: Missiles. Comprehensive history of development of the development of surface-to-air and anti-ballistic missiles in the Soviet Union, with summaries of work in other countries as well. ...On the Web Here...
  • Yeliseyev, A S, Zhizn - kapla v more, Aviatsiya i kosmonavtika, 1998. Category: Astronaut Biography. ISBN: 5765600271. Russian language autobiography of the Russian cosmonaut and spacecraft engineer. More at amazon.com...
  • Yeteyev, Ivan, Operezhaya vremya, Ocherki, Moscow, 1999.. Category: Russian Space. Collection of articles involving the life and works of Chief Designer Chelomei and the Khrunichev factory.
  • Yevtifyev, M D, Dolgiy put k 'Burye', Vyzovskaya kniga, Moscow, 1996.. Category: Missiles. History of development of Russian winged rocketry, from Keldysh's upgrade of Saenger's antipodal bomber, through Bondarenko's ramjets, to Buran and Burya intercontinental cruise missiles.

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