European-Russian Space Cooperation: From de Gaulle to ExoMars - Springer Praxis Books (Paperback)
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European-Russian Space Cooperation: From de Gaulle to ExoMars - Springer Praxis Books (Paperback)

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The story of European-Russian collaboration in space is little known and its importance all too often understated. Because France was the principal interlocutor between these nations, such cooperation did not receive the attention it deserved in English-language literature. This book rectifies that history, showing how Russia and Europe forged a successful partnership that has continued to the present day.

Space writer Brian Harvey provides an in-depth picture of how this European-Russian relationship evolved and what factors-scientific, political and industrial-propelled it over the decades. The history begins in the cold war period with the first collaborative ventures between the Soviet Union and European countries, primarily France, followed later by Germany and other European countries. Next, the chapters turn to the missions when European astronauts flew to Russian space stations, the Soyuz rocket made a new home in European territory in the South American jungle and science missions were flown to study deep space. Their climax is the joint mission to explore Mars, called ExoMars, which has already sent a mission to Mars.

Through this close examination of these European-Russian efforts, readers will appreciate an altogether new perspective on the history of space exploration, no longer defined by competition, but rather by collaboration and cooperation.

Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland AG
ISBN: 9783030676841
Number of pages: 406
Weight: 838 g
Dimensions: 240 x 168 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2021


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"Brain Harvey has written a unique in-depth account of European and Russian space exploration collaboration. A significant amount of research has gone into the book, with some of the ups and downs of the partnership described, but you come away with a new insight into the many successful years and missions. A timeline of key events and extensive reference throughout rounds out this excellent history." (John Flannery, Orbit, Vol. 56 (4), 2021)

"Weighing in at a sizeable 401 pages, Harvey takes us through, with exquisitely researched detail yet in a relaxed and accessible writing style, one of the most far-reaching and enduring partnerships in all of space endeavor ... . This book is a fascinating read, and is highly recommended. ... If you're interested in space exploration, this book is a must for your bookshelf." (Kevin Nolan, Astronomy Ireland, September, 2021)

"It has to be said that Brian Harvey has done his homework; he does not only delve into the missions that flew, but outlines the missions that did not fly-for example, Russia's potential involvement in the ESA JUICE mission to Jupiter's moons, a collaboration that very nearly materialised. ... In short, I found the book to be a great historical, human and scientific account of a space collaboration that has received relatively little attention." (Richard Harrison, Space Research Today, August 30, 2021)

"The book's 400 pages deals with collaboration in scientific, industrial, human spaceflight, and ExoMars ... . This is probably the first English-language analysis of the individuals, institutions, and early space projects that would eventually lead not just France but Europe to its status as a leader in designing, building, and operating complex space infrastructure." (Gurbir Singh, The Space Review, thespacereview.com, August 30, 2021)

"Recalling the successes, the failures and lost opportunities, European-Russian Space Cooperation is fully referenced and supplemented with useful tables, a bibliography and appendices and a helpful 60-year timeline of events. If you wish to learn more about the long history of European and Russian space cooperation, this concise and informative single volume admirably fits the bill." (David J Shayler, Spaceflight, Vol. 63 (2), August, 2021)

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