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
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.