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Voices of the Soviet Space Program

Cosmonauts, Soldiers, and Engineers Who Took the USSR into Space

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Slava Gerovitch
      Pages 1-15
  3. The Soldiers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Slava Gerovitch
      Pages 19-26
    3. Slava Gerovitch
      Pages 27-35
  4. The Engineers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Slava Gerovitch
      Pages 39-65
    3. Slava Gerovitch
      Pages 67-76
    4. Slava Gerovitch
      Pages 77-98
    5. Slava Gerovitch
      Pages 99-106
    6. Slava Gerovitch
      Pages 107-125
    7. Slava Gerovitch
      Pages 127-140
  5. The Cosmonauts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Slava Gerovitch
      Pages 143-178
    3. Slava Gerovitch
      Pages 179-203
    4. Slava Gerovitch
      Pages 205-215
    5. Slava Gerovitch
      Pages 217-235
    6. Slava Gerovitch
      Pages 237-241
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 243-305

About this book


In this remarkable oral history, Slava Gerovitch presents interviews with the men and women who witnessed Soviet space efforts firsthand. Rather than comprising a "master narrative," these fascinating and varied accounts bring to light the often divergent perspectives, experiences, and institutional cultures that defined the Soviet space program.


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About the authors

Slava Gerovitch is Lecturer in History of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

Bibliographic information


“Voices of the Soviet Space Program unites an invaluable collection of individual experiences and personal viewpoints. The impressive successes of the space program did elicit real 'cosmic enthusiasm,' especially among the young but also among the known and unknown participants in the Soviet space program.” (Julia Richers, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, Vol. 18 (4), 2017)

“Slava Gerovitch  … has published a fascinating primary source in Voices of the Soviet Space Program. This book consists of thirteen interviews with cosmonauts, soldiers, and engineers that Gerovitch … conducted from 2002 to 2010 over several oral history projects. … The interviews enable the reader to learn about the beginnings of the Soviet space program … . This is an important contribution to space history, cold war history, the history of the USSR, and the history of technology.” (Paul Josephson, Technology and Culture, Vol. 57, April, 2016)

“Slava Gerovitch … has assembled here a vibrant collection of thirteen interviews that he conducted with Russian space personalities in the U.S. and Russia between 2002 and 2010. … This is all a rare and welcome achievement in the literature. … In sum, this excellent book reveals new facts and insights on the personal, institutional, technical, and political facets of Soviet rocketry and spaceflight policies and practices between the Second World War and the end of the Cold War.” (Michael G. Smith, Slavic Review, Vol. 75 (2), Summer, 2016)