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The greatest adventure: a history of human space exploration

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A talk by Colin Burgess, author or editor of almost 40 books on military and spaceflight

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The space race was perhaps the greatest technological contest of the 20th century. It was a thrilling era of innovation, discovery and exploration, as astronauts and cosmonauts were launched on space missions of increasing length, complexity and danger. The Greatest Adventure traces the events of this extraordinary period, describing the initial string of Soviet achievements: the first satellite in orbit; the first animal, man and woman in space; the first spacewalk; as well as the ultimate US victory in the race to land on the moon. It then takes the reader on a journey through the following decades of space exploration to the present time, detailing the many successes, tragedies, risks and rewards of space exploration.

‘With The Greatest Adventure Colin Burgess has contributed to the library of space history something it has sorely lacked. When people ask what the one book is that they should read to learn about human space exploration, I now know exactly where to send them. This engaging, comprehensive history covers everything from the early days of rocketry to a new era of exploration that is dawning this very moment.’ – David Hitt, co-author of Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story

Join us at the Brecon Beacons virtual dark sky festival to meet and listen to Colin who will be talking about his book. There is also a special offer for those who attend of a 20% discount on the book.

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