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In the Russia in Space Books section, you will find books related to the Soviet Period and right up to the present. Looking for a specific Russia in Space book or any other book then use the Book Search page. 

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Energiya-Buran the Soviet Space Shuttle

Energiya-Buran: The Soviet Space Shuttle by Bart Hendrickx, Bert Vis (August 2007)

The authors describe the long development path of the Soviet space shuttle system, consisting of the Energiya rocket and the Buran orbiter. The program eventually saw just one unmanned flight in November 1988 before the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union sealed its fate.

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Russian Spacesuits by Isaak P. Abramov, A. Ingemar Skoog

The space suits worn by astronauts/cosmonauts is a superb feat of engineering. This book addresses the space suits produced by the Russians.


Sputnik : The Shock of the Century by Paul Dickson

Chronicles in detail the Soviet satellite Sputnik.


Russia in Space: The Failed Frontier? by Brian Harvey

Tells the inside story of the traumatic events that engulfed the once-glorious Soviet space program. It is a story of desperation and decline, but also a tale of heroic efforts to save the space station Mir and the construction - along with their old rivals, the Americans - of the new International Space Station.

Russia's Cosmonauts: Inside the Yuri Gagarin Training Center by Rex Hall, David Shayler, Bert Vis (November 2005)

With the aid of unique photographs, first-hand interviews and historical resources, Rex Hall, Dave Shayler and Bert Vis explain, for the very first time, how Russian citizens have been selected and trained to fly in space, and how these procedures have changed during the past 40 years.


The Rocket Men : Vostok and Voskhod, the First Soviet Manned Spaceflights by Rex Hall, David J. Shayler

Reveals how the Soviet Union got ahead so quickly in the space race. Features photographs from people who worked in Star City.

Soyuz: A Universal Spacecraft by Rex Hall, David J. Shayler

Review of the development and operations of the Soyuz family of spacecraft. This includes the lesser-known military and unmanned versions of this reliable spacecraft. The Soyuz has been the mainstay of cosmonaut transportation since 1967. It was the main transport of Salyut, Mir and is now the Russian transport for the International Space Station. Since 1978 the unmanned freighter version called Progress has provided a means in which to regularly re-supply a space station and so prolong its orbital lifetime. Also includes a complete listing of vehicle production numbers.

Sputnik and the Soviet Space Challenge by Asif A. Siddiqi

Other Space Books

Rocket and Space Corporation Energia by Robert Godwin

The Race : The Complete True Story of How America Beat Russia to the Moon by James Schefter

Reconsidering Sputnik: Forty Years Since the Soviet Satellite by Roger D. Launius, John M. Logsdon, Robert W. Smith

Russian - Soviet Spaceflight and the Mir Space Station by World Spaceflight News. 

Off the Planet: Surviving Five Perilous Months Aboard the Space Station Mir by Jerry M. Linenger

Valentina Tereshkova: The First Woman in Space by Heather Feldman. (Reading level: Baby-Preschool)

Yuri Gagarin: The First Man in Space by Heather Feldman. (Reading level: Ages 4-8)

The Making of a Soviet Scientist : My Adventures in Nuclear Fusion and Space From Stalin to Star Wars by Roald Z. Sagdeev

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