Berlin ; New York : Springer ; Chichester, UK : In association with Praxis Pub., c2007.
Book — xxi, 351 p. : ill., map, ports.
Aelita.- First plans.- The first Mars, Venus probes.- OKB Lavochkin.- First landfall on Venus, Mars.- The high summer of Soviet planetary exploration, 1975-1986.- Phobos, crisis and decline.- Returning to the planets?.- The legacy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Illustrated with photographs from Soviet Venus and Mars probes, images of spacecraft, diagrams of flight paths and maps of landing sites, this book draws on published scientific papers, archives, memoirs and other material. The text reviews Soviet engineering techniques and science packages, as well the difficulties which ruined several missions. The program's scientific and engineering legacy is also addressed, within the Soviet space effort as a whole. (source: Nielsen Book Data)