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Ho ricevuto ieri questa e-mail dalla NASA .... recante la triste notizia della scomparsa, alla veneranda età di 99 anni, di Boris Chertok, uno dei pionieri della ricerca spaziale sovietica ....

.... nel messaggio sono contenuti i links per accedere al contenuto dei primi tre volumi della sua monumentale opera "Rockets and people" ....



With great sadness, our office announces the recent death of Boris Chertok, a towering figure in Soviet and Russian space history.

Chertok’s four-volume memoir, Rockets and People, has received wide acclaim.

The first three volumes of this series, edited by Dr. Asif Siddiqi, are available electronically from the links below and hard copies may be obtained through http://history.nasa.gov/series95.html#order online.

The fourth and final volume, subtitled The Moon Race, will be published early next year.

For more information on Chertok’s tremendous life story, see http://www.nasa.gov/topics/history/features/chertok_obit.html online.

In sympathy,

Steve Garber










Stephen Garber

NASA History Program Office

Mail Suite CO72, Room 5N11

NASA Headquarters

Washington, DC 20546


202-358-2866 fax






Nell'immagine Boris Chertok ostenta le numerose decorazioni ottenute nel corso della sua lunghissima carriera ....





Il necrologio che AW&ST gli ha dedicato ....




Soviet Space Pioneer Boris Chertok Dies At 99


Fonte: Aviation Week & Space Technology Dec. 19 , 2011 , p. 14


Boris Chertok, who led development of flight control systems for rockets and spacecraft from the beginning of the Soviet Union’s program and was the longtime deputy to General Designer Sergei Korolev, died Dec. 14 of pneumonia at home in Moscow.

He was three months short of his 100th birthday.

An aviation expert during World War II, Chertok followed the Red Army into Germany at war’s end to recruit German engineers and learn what he could about their work on the V-2 ballistic missile and other rocket weapons.

Later he joined Korolev at the NII-88 research institute northeast of Moscow, where they began a collaboration that encompassed landmark efforts ranging from Sputnik-1 through the Salyut space stations and N-1 Moon rocket.

In September 1947, Chertok was part of the team that began rocket testing in Kazakhstan, including at the site known today as the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

He continued to work as a consultant to RSC Energia after his retirement, and wrote a four-volume memoir "Rockets and People", which outlines his long career.

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.... più che altro .... direi dello spazio .... :)


Questo è il quarto volume ("Лунная гонка" nell'edizione in russo) della quadrilogia scritta da Chertok di cui la NASA annuncia la prossima pubblicazione in lingua inglese col titolo "The Moon Race" ....




Per chi conosce il russo ....



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