The twentieth century will no doubt be one of the most eventful in living history, when it comes to the change in technologies, and mans endeavours in pushing the limits of the envelope in speed, height, endurance, and above all: the conquering of the unforgiving environment of space.
Besides my interest in radio, I have always been interested in the history of aeronautics, in relation to early flights breaking altitude records, first satellites and humans in space, interplanetary discoveries with various crafts and advanced equipment.
With the amount of information available on this topic, being too grate to throw into one website, I have simply listed an array of links, that will keep you glued to your internet for hours. Through my search, I have found a lot of unfinished and incomplete sites, yet on the other hand a number of good sites, which I have listed below.
Besides the main sites of NASA, I have also listed some mind-blowing developments, (or non-developments) in relation to the Russian Space Program. Was Yuri Gagarin really the first man in space? Some of the links below show incredible evidence that the Russians managed to loose a number of their cosmonauts, before they finally got it right in April 1961. After so many years, it is amazing that Russia still has so much to hide. With so much still untold about this era, the intrigue in to the Russian Space Program has caught onto many space hobbyists across the world.
One of the links carries a number of conversations between mission control and actual astronauts during flight. Ham-radio operators, who managed to assemble the antenna, and place them at the right angle, picked these up. One of the pages listed below carries sound-bites with conversations from various missions, including the first communications between Russian Mission Control and the MIR Space Station.
I have also listed some links that carry some good accounts of the early US Mercury and Gemini Missions, and buckets of information on the Apollo flights. Also they are a few good links on the flying the U2 and SR 71 flights, and what these involved.
I could go on forever about the amount of stuff that I have found over the last few years, but instead, I've listed all the links below. Now I invite you to take control of the cockpit and discover "MAN IN SPACE - THE HISTORY AND THE COVER UPS"