Cold War Space Sleuths

The Untold Secrets of the Soviet Space Program

  • Dominic Phelan

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Dominic Phelan
    Pages 1-30
  3. Brian Haryey
    Pages 31-59
  4. Sven Grahn
    Pages 61-86
  5. James Oberg
    Pages 87-110
  6. Claude Wachtel, Christian Lardier
    Pages 111-134
  7. Phillip Clark
    Pages 135-159
  8. Bert Vis
    Pages 161-184
  9. Bart Hendrickx
    Pages 185-217
  10. Asif A. Siddiqi
    Pages 219-255
  11. David J. Shayler
    Pages 257-285
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 287-300

About this book


Cold War Space Sleuths reads like a Cold War espionage novel, but the reality of the story about the dedicated amateur observers bent on finding out about Soviet spaceflight during the Cold War is just as exciting and absorbing. Told in the sleuth's own words, each chapter unfolds a piece of the hidden history of what was happening behind the Iron Curtain.

Coming from all over the world, including Russia itself, the amateur spies give first-hand accounts of often-forgotten aspects of the Cold War space race. Amongst others, their stories include:

- the history of the Kettering Group;
- looking inside the Russian archives;
- unsolved mysteries, such as why cosmonauts were airbrushed out of the official archives;
- reading between the lines of the Soviet media;
- the impact of Gorbachev's glasnost on sleuthing;
- new research, including chapters by James Oberg, Asif Siddiqi, and Bart Hendrickx.


Amateur spies cold war Cosmonaut archives History space program Russian space program Soviet space secrets Soviet space secrets Soviet spaceflight Space mysteries Space spies The Kettering Group

Editors and affiliations

  • Dominic Phelan
    • 1
  1. 1.Dun LaoghaireIreland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-3051-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-3052-0
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