Sons of the Blue Planet – Lebedev, Luk’yanov, Romanov

In this post, we will see the book Sons Of The Blue Planet by L. Lebedev; B. Lyk’yanov; A. Romanov.

About the book

The daring wish of mankind was, and still is, to look at the earth from a sufficient height to be able to encompass the whole of it at a glance, and to find out what lies in the depths beyond the blue dome of the sky. This interest, this desire to apprehend what surrounds the world, is a mighty and unquench­able thirst, which leads humanity from one step in its development to another, higher one.
Today when much arm-chair talk is going on about the Apollo Moon missions, the first exciting events toward mastering outer space seem to have lost their glamor. Indeed the beginning of the space era is to be traced to the launching of the first artificial earth satellite into the orbit. Manned flights in spacecraft started with the historic flight of Yurii Gagarin. Since then tremendous advances have been made, many records broken, and new records established in the space race between the world’s two great space giants.
This book is devoted to the decade since the day of the historic flight by Yurii Gagarin. The book tells about all the Soviet astronauts, their lives, aspira­tions and exploits. The matter has been presented in a very lucid narrative style and the authors of the book have established intimate rapport with the astronauts. It also presents short biographical sketches of Russian astronauts.
The presence of Gagarin is felt throughout the book because he started the starry hour of humanity’s venture into space. His space comrades strive to multiply our successes in understanding and conquering the universe with their efforts and knowledge.

The book was translated from Russian by Prema Pande and edited by V. S. Kothekar and was published for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1973.

Original scan by NASA Technical Documents

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Contents

THE SHORE OF THE UNIVERSE, BY B.N. PETROV 1

IN OUR HEARTS 7
TUE “VOSTOK” DESIGN 26
MIGHTY WINGS 39
HOW THE ASTRONAUTS WERE TRAINED 49
MAN OR IRON TENACITY 59
THE JOY OF A COMMUNIST 67
TUE FIRST GROUP FLIGHT 75
A YOUNA COMMUNIST LEAGUER’S HEART 83
SEA GULL 95
“HAWK” AND “SEA GULL” IN “OUTER SPACE 102
OUTER SPACE CREW 111
THE NEW ROCKET-SPACE 128
STEPS OVER THE PLANET 141
MAN IN THE OPEN IN OUTER SPACE 157
“I SEE A TESTER IN HIM…” 163
NEW AIMS — NEW CRAFT 169
MASTER 177
AUTOMATIC DEVICES DOCK IN OUTER SPACE 177
A DREAM COMES TRUE 193
‘ZARYA’, THIS IS ‘BAIKAL’ 205
ALEKSEI ELISEEV’S MAIDEN TRIP 212
AN ASTRONAUT RECRUITED ALONG WITH GAGARIN 218
EXPERIMENTAL SPACE STATION 224
TOWARD THE CHERISHED GOAL 233
FLIGHT ENGINEER OF “SOYUZ-6” 240
THE CHUGUEV TEMPERING 253
THE WAY TO START 260
SON OR KUBAN’ 267
THEE LENIN SHIFT 277
“TO FLY CONTINUOUSLY” 283
THE RESEARCH PROGRAM 288
“KNOWLEDGE, AND AGAIN MORE KNOWLEDGE” 299
THE DEAREST THING 307
424 HOURS IN ORBIT AROUND THE EARTH 314
A PEEP INTO THE FUTURE 318
IN THE NAME OF MAN 325

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