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I am interested in the history of space-flight and was wondering if anyone had any good book suggestions. I have no scientific background, but am more interested in the science behind the space missions than the personalities of the astronauts/cosmonauts etc. Thanks

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    $\begingroup$ I am using an old phone so can't post a link but check out the history section in the "references" question on the meta site. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Feb 20 '16 at 11:28
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    $\begingroup$ From Sputnik to space ports in 55 pages: The History of Spaceflight $\endgroup$ – Jerard Puckett Feb 21 '16 at 0:51
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I believe this is the resource Organic Marble mentioned in the comment. Somewhere down the answer there is a section History books and collections. A couple more things I can think of:

  • It's ONLY Rocket Science: An Introduction in Plain English is a nice read on pretty much everything involved in space missions and astronautics. It is not really focused on history. But when discussing topics (which it does in a "friendly" way, as title suggests) it uses historic examples in many cases.
  • If you are interested in Apollo missions you may find interesting topics on technology and design processes in Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight. Though it might not be exactly what you are looking for now.

I know these aren't books, but still for future reference I would recommend two Wiki sources:

  • For a short overwiew I like Wikipedia's History of spaceflight, with links pointing you to more specific topics.
  • And if you want a chronological walk through the events Wikipedia's Timeline of spaceflight is a good place to check out.


If you can provide some feedback I may be able to give you more recommendations.

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