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Thursday, December 15, 2011

[history] Passing of Boris Chertok
Russian rocket designer Boris Yevseyevich Chertok,
one of the founding fathers of the Russian space program,
passed away on Dec.14 at the age of 99.
Russian rocket designer Boris Yevseyevich Chertok
Image Credit: NASA
[Update from Geoff - - nice video here - LRK -]
Rocket designer Boris Chertok, a man whose name figures in almost every major Soviet space achievement and one of the greatest space pioneers in history, has passed away at his home in Moscow at the age of 99

I received an e-mail from Steve Garber for the NASA History Program Office about the death of Boris Chertok.
He provided some information about his four volume memoir, "Rockets and People" and its availability on-line.
A check of Amazon . com showed that even used books are quite pricy so maybe you won't mind reading a PDF version before buying.

On NASA Technical Reports Server the whole volume 1 can be down loaded but you might want it in three parts as listed by Steve Garber. (3.4 MB PDF)
- LRK -


        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 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 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
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There are a lot of books available on line or that can be ordered from NASA.
- LRK -


Management Histories, (SP-4100 Series):


Much to learn from those that have gone on before.
We stand on their shoulders as we reach for the stars.
- LRK -

Thanks for looking up with me.

By Asif A. Siddiqi, visiting scholar, Space, Policy, and Society Research Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology For those interested in the history of Russian space exploration, and more broadly in the history of space exploration during the Cold War, the memoirs of Boris Chertok provide a striking and unique perspective. Chertok is one of those rare actors in history who not only played a critical role in the program but has been able to convey with grace and eloquence his experiences to the broader public. For over 40 years, Chertok worked at the senior-most levels of the famous “OKB-1” design bureau, which in its present incarnation as the Energiya Rocket-Space Corporation continues to play a leading role in the Russian human spaceflight program.

Boris Evseyevich Chertok (Russian: Борис Евсеевич Черток; 1 March 1912 – 14 December 2011) was a prominent Soviet and Russian rocket designer, responsible for control systems of a number of ballistic missiles and spacecraft. He was the author of a four-volume book Rockets and People, the definitive source of information about the history of the Soviet space program.

From 1974, he was the deputy chief designer of the S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, the space aircraft designer bureau which he started working for in 1974. He retired in 1992.[2]




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