Star-Crossed Orbits: Inside the U.S.-Russian Space Alliance

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"Oberg combines the sleuthfullness of a detective with the pacing of a storyteller."­­Nasawatch.com

In Star-Crossed Orbits, space veteran and bestselling author James Oberg combines riveting personal memoir with topnotch investigative journalism to tell the untold story of the U.S.­Russian space alliance. With unparalleled access to official Russian archives, facilities, and key individuals, he describes the strengths and weaknesses that each side of the alliance brings to the table.

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"Space is empty, but it is not a blank slate. Travelers there ... carry with them what they know, or think they know, about each other. So ... as Russia and America pioneered the space frontier ... they interacted with each other in a context that was rooted firmly back on Earth."--from the Introduction

With great fanfare, the 36-year Space Race between the U.S. and Russia ended in 1993, giving birth to the U.S.-Russian space alliance. But while the alliance aims for a bold new era of space exploration and cooperation, this "marriage made in the heavens" has been plagued by misunderstanding, suspicion, and outright official lies.

Now, space shuttle veteran and Russian space program expert James Oberg provides an authoritative look inside the relationship between the U.S. and Russian space programs, and the current state of "cooperation" between the two. Interweaving policy analysis, technical description, and human drama, Oberg tells the complete story of this shaky marriage for the first time, revealing secrets that threaten to tear the alliance apart.

About the Author:

James Oberg was a space engineer for 22 years in NASA's mission control in Houston. He has been the space consultant for ABC News, United Press International, and several foreign networks. He is the author of Red Star in Orbit.

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