Cover: Behind the Sputniks

Behind the Sputniks

A Survey of Soviet Space Science

Published 1957

by Firmin Joseph Krieger

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An investigation of recent Russian research and ideas on such matters as artificial satellites, flight to the moon, interplanetary communications, biological aspects of space travel, atomic airplanes, trips to the planets, worldwide television broadcasting from space stations, intercontinental rocketry, and the technical problems of cosmic flight. This report delineates the history of the development of astronautics in Russia from the turn of the century up to the launching of the first artificial earth satellite. It shows how the Soviets, in their struggle for world domination, are applying their sledge-hammer technique not only to terrestrial affairs but also to the conquest of cosmic space.

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