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At Home in Space

The Late Seventies into the Eighties


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ben Evans
    Pages 1-104
  3. Ben Evans
    Pages 105-193
  4. Ben Evans
    Pages 195-274
  5. Ben Evans
    Pages 275-366
  6. Ben Evans
    Pages 367-469
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 471-481

About this book


April 12, 2011, is the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's pioneering journey into space. To commemorate this momentous achievement, Springer-Praxis is producing a mini series of books that reveals how humanity's knowledge of flying, working, and living in space has grown in the last half century.

At Home in Space, the third book in the series, continues the story throughout the later Seventies and into the Eighties. It was a period of time characterised by great promise. Regular Soviet missions demonstrated that humanity could not only survive, but thrive, in a weightless environment, and the arrival of the Space Shuttle seemed to offer a more economical and routine means of accessing the heavens. Living in space became truly international as astronauts from many nations lived and worked together on Soviet space stations and aboard the Shuttle. At the same time, however, relations between two key players in this drive to conquer the high ground of space - the United States and the Soviet Union - steadily declined from the high-watermark of Apollo-Soyuz to the nadir of Star Wars. This third volume charts the progress made in space during this pivotal phase of humanity's quest to explore the final frontier.


History of the space program Human space exploration Humans in space The Space Shuttle Yuri Gagarin

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Space WriterAtherstoneUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Ben Evans is an accomplished and experienced space writer ideally qualified to chronicle the epic story of human space exploration. In addition to writing five books for Springer/Praxis, including the first book in this series: Escaping the Bonds of Earth: The Fifties and Sixties (2009) and the most recent Foothold in the Heavens – The Seventies (2010), he has published numerous space and astronomy related articles in such journals as Spaceflight, Countdown, and Astronomy Now.

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From the reviews:

“In At Home in Space … author Ben Evans offers his perspective on human spaceflight programs of 1973-1982. … this book is packed with the sorts of details that space fans will love. … The black-and-white photos that illustrate the book are an interesting addition. … Space enthusiasts will likely enjoy this book.” (Linda Billings, Quest, Vol. 21 (2), 2014)

“This book covers the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, Skylab, the Salyut 6 and Salyut 7 space stations and the start of the space shuttle programme. … I was also pleased to see some detailed coverage of the USS Enterprise orbiter. Accompanied throughout with colour and black and white photographs, this book … is a very absorbing and authoritative read. … Highly recommended.” (Robin Flegg, Astronomy Now, August, 2012)

“The third and latest book in Ben Evans’ monumental five-volume series on human space flight is now available and continues the journey from the early 1970s through to the end of the early Shuttle flights. As a narrative history it reads well and the link to global events, both political and economic, is welcome … . With 481 pages, the book is well illustrated, supporting 65 pictures of which 49 are in colour.” (Spaceflight, Vol. 54 (7), July, 2012)

“The author has skillfully recounted each manned space mission of Salyut 5 and 6, Skylab, ASTP, and the first four space shuttle flights. … What sets this book apart from other space histories is the description of each mission set in the political, economic, and social conditions of the time. … Anyone interested in space should enjoy reading these chronicles, and like the space explorers of the seventies and early eighties, they may just feel ‘At Home in Space.’” (Stephen Adamczyk, AD Astra, 2012)