Man In Space special issue - out now!

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Man In Space special issue - out now!

Postby Graham Southorn » Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:30 am

Now on sale in larger branches of WH Smith priced £6.99 and direct from us.


A Sky at Night Magazine special issue, celebrating the 50th anniversary of manned spaceflight.

On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first man in history to enter Earth orbit. Following the successful launch of the world’s first satellite, it was a huge coup for the Soviet Union and sparked a new space race – this time to the Moon.

Man In Space covers the entire span of mankind’s five decades beyond Earth, from the earliest trials of sending animals into orbit to the present and future of spaceflight with privately owned companies such as Virgin Galactic.

Along the way, readers will learn the fascinating story of America’s glamorous Mercury 7 programme, and follow the race between the superpowers in the run-up to Neil Armstrong’s historic first step on the surface of the Moon. All of the manned Apollo missions are covered in detail.

We follow the successes and failures of the Space Shuttle, together with the development of early space stations such as Salyut, Skylab and Mir. The ultimate abode for astronauts is the International Space Station (ISS). We cover its construction and interview a contemporary astronaut – British-born Piers Sellers, a veteran of three Shuttle flights to the ISS.

Man In Space is a lavish, coffee-table magazine with special picture sections breaking up the features – some containing rarely seen photos of early Soviet technology. The magazine will be perfect bound, with a foil block masthead. It is a companion volume to 2010’s Man On The Moon.

Contributors include acclaimed spaceflight author Piers Bizony, European Space Agency writer Sean Blair and Sky at Night Magazine editor Graham Southorn. It has an introduction by Sir Patrick Moore, presenter of The Sky at Night. Sir Patrick is the only person who can lay claim to meeting the first airmen - the Wright Brothers, the first spaceman - Yuri Gagarin and the first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong.
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