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NASAs Pursuit of Space Stations
NASA's Pursuit of Space Stations
The Space Shuttle with Salyut, Skylab, Freedom and Mir
  D.J. Shayler
Discusses the development of shuttle operation in relation to early space stations

Offers an explanation of how plans were created to fly space shuttles with the Soviet Salyut, American Skylab and Freedom and to the Russian Mir space stations.

Explains the concept of utilizing the space shuttle design to assemble the re-supply large space stations.

Includes firsthand interviews with those involved with the program

Discusses revealing documents from the archives of NASA on how the agency planned for docking a shuttle to a Soviet space station
Product details
Softcover
290 pages
70 illustrations
Due for publication Autumn 2017
This book reviews the long, and at times difficult, path in matching the unique capabilities of the Space Shuttle with the creation of a large research station in Earth orbit. As the 1970s progressed it became clear that the Shuttle would not fly as early as hoped because of tight budgets and adjustments to the design of the space station. It was during this period that cooperation with the Soviet Union forged a new relationship in space from which emerged the Apollo Soyuz Test Project. Flown in the summer of 1975 the successful international docking mission encouraged further joint manned space programs between the two countries.

While studies and debates continued into the design of the large space stations, and Shuttle development slowly progressed, and thoughts turned to further cooperation with the Soviets in the 1980s. During the same time period plans for a possible return to renovate the Skylab space station had to be abandoned when increased solar activities forced the unmanned Skylab to re-enter the atmosphere prematurely. By 1984 the internationally supported Space Station Freedom, to be assembled from elements launched by the Space Shuttle, had been authorized.

The background to this rich history is explored in this book, together with the crucial developments in the skills and procedures that were essential to the subsequent creation of the much larger International Space Station. The book closes with a summary of the nine missions to dock the Shuttle to the Russian Space Station Mir between 1995 and 1998, what was learned from those missions and the lessons which directly applied to the far more complex International Space Station.
The above description was taken from the Springer .com website
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