Two Sides of the Moon

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Growing up on either side of the Iron Curtain, Alexei Leonov and David Scott shared the same dream -- to become a pilot. Excelling at flying, they became elite fighter pilots, and were chosen by their countries' burgeoning space programmes to be part of the greatest technological race ever -- to land a man on the moon. Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov became the first man to walk in space. It was a feat that won him a place in history, but almost cost him his life. A year later, in 1966, astronauts David Scott and Neil Armstrong ...

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Sara S

Aug 18, 2011

Two Thumbs Up for Two Sides of the Moon!

I loved this book, one of the best books I have read recently on the Space Race. Scott and Leonov lived parallel careers in many ways, and the twin narratives show much of what was similar and what was different between the two space programs. The stories of the encounters between cosmonauts and astronauts are hilarious at times, and the stories of their missions (some really historic ones such as Voskhod-2, Gemini-4, Apollo-Soyuz, and Apollo-15) are riveting. I recommend this book highly to anyone interested in the American and Soviet space programs!

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