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Mike Gruntman

From Astronautics to Cosmonautics

ISBN-10: 1-4196-7085-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-4196-7085-5

84 pages with 24 photos
Bibliography: 75 references

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About the Book

Two pioneers of space exploration, Robert Esnault-Pelterie and Ary Sternfeld, introduced the words astronautics and cosmonautics, respectively, into the scientific language. The origin of the term astronautics is well documented. In contrast, the history of the word cosmonautics remains poorly known. Ary Sternfeld is also largely forgotten. The fiftieth anniversary of the breakthrough to space, celebrated in 2007, makes it especially appropriate to remember those visionaries who paved the way to cosmos. The book tells the stories of astronautics and cosmonautics and describes life journeys of space pioneers Robert Esnault-Pelterie and Ary Sternfeld.

sternfeld - forgotten space pioneer   
Ary Sternfeld. A Forgotten Space Pioneer.

(based on part of the book: video - 25 min)

About the Author

Mike Gruntman is professor of astronautics and professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) and the founding director of the USC Astronautics Program focusing on degrees in space engineering. He was the founding Chairman (2004–2007) of the Department of Astronatical Engineering in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Gruntman is actively involved in research and development programs in space science and space technology; he is co-investigator (Co-I) on two current NASA space missions. Dr. Gruntman has authored and co-authored nearly 300 publications in the areas of astronautics, space physics, space technology, scientific instrumentation, space sensors, astronautical education, and rocket and space history. His book Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry (published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2004) received the 2006 Luigi Napolitano Award from the International Academy of Astronautics.

Sputnik 1           Explorer 1          Vanguard 1

From firecrackers to interstellar flightSpace:  From Firecrackers to Interstellar Flight (webcast)
Part 1. The First Thousand Years. (87 min)
Part 2. Space in 21st Century. (84 min)

Books on history of rocketry and space

Table of Contents - Chapters


Chapter 1. Astronautics Was the First 

Chapter 2. Dreams about Space and Communism

Chapter 3. REP-Hirsch Encouragement Award

Chapter 4. Cosmonautics

Chapter 5. Socialism Bites Back

Chapter 6. In the Spotlight

Chapter 7. In His Adopted Homeland

Appendix. Bibliography