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Red Star in Orbit

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
At home in orbit
The birth of Sputnik
The Nedelin catastrophe
Man & woman in space
The Voskhod follies
Death & disaster
The mooon-race cover-up
The long climb back
Secret space cities
The Salyut-6 breakthrough
Through the Zero-G barrier
Things to come
Guest Cosmonauts
Soviet Man-Related Space Shots
Annotated Bibliography
Sources of
Hardcover, 1st, 288 pages
Published May 12th 1981 by Random House (NY)
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Mike Hankins
Jan 04, 2014 Mike Hankins rated it liked it
Shelves: cold-war, aviation
James Oberg has produced an excellent look into the Soviet Space program, with the best information that was available at the time of writing (the mid 1980s). As a NASA employee, he clearly h as the inside scoop on the American program, but he employs Russian language sources to create a fuller picture of the space race from the other side. The view that he presents is of a more competent space program than the Soviets are often given credit for -- albiet it often had different goals than the Am ...more
Colin Birge
Oct 18, 2011 Colin Birge rated it really liked it
In 1980, when he wrote Red Star in Orbit, James Oberg was one of the leading Western experts on the Soviet space program - a not inconsiderable achievement, given how little reliable documentation there was on the subject outside of the Soviet government. Red Star in Orbit was Oberg's tale of the Soviet space program as it was then known.

For those interested in spaceflight, it's a fascinating read on two levels. Oberg is an entertaining popular science writer, and gives vivid descriptions of the
Charles Barr
Jul 11, 2016 Charles Barr rated it it was amazing
The book is a bit dated because it was written in the '80s, especially the last chapter (which theorizes what's next in the Soviet space program), but it's still an excellent account of the Soviet space program from pre-Sputnik through close to the end of the Salyut program (there's not much talk of Mir).
Jun 20, 2010 Jake rated it really liked it
This book was good, but it is terribly outdated. It was written in 1981, eight years before the Soviet Union broke up. It covers nothing of the US or Soviet Space Shuttle programs, nothing of Skylab or Mir, and what it does cover is of questionable legitimacy because of the unofficial sources. A good read for sure, just some things to keep in mind while reading it.

The last chapter 'Things to Come' was especially amusing, saying we would have colonized Mars and even some asteroids by 2000.
May 04, 2011 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aero-astro
Back in the good ol' days of the early 80's this was the book to read on the Soviet Space Program. James Oberg, is the primer expert on the Russian Space Program and this was his take on what they might do. It is now out of date. Thanks to the collapse of the Soviet Union we now know somethings that we could only speculate about. Still this is a good read and should be read before tackling the revelations of the early 90's.
Geoff Peters
Nov 18, 2012 Geoff Peters rated it it was amazing
Read this whilst studying, and whilst I only had to read one chapter, I devoured the whole book.
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