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N-1: For the Moon and Mars

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A Reference Guide to the Soviet Superbooster

by Matt Johnson, Nick Stevens, Alexander Shliadinsky, Igor Bezyaev, Vladimir Antipov
  • 235 pages on 80# coated stock
  • 8½” x 11”, w/durable Smyth-sewn hardcover binding
  • Over 400 photographs and illustrations, most in color
  • Over 100 pages of detailed data drawings showing interiors and exteriors of all the stages and assemblies
  • ISBN 978-0-9899914-0-7


Three years in the making by an international team of experts in Russia, England and the US. This gorgeous 235 page, full color, hardcover volume contains the complete history of the N-1 from its origins as a booster for missions to Mars and Venus to the abrupt change with a directive from the highest levels of Soviet government to “beat the Americans to the moon!”


PART I – History and Specifications

Chapter 1
The N-1 Story: A Brief History
Chapter 2
Specifications and Clarifications Regarding the N-1
Chapter 3
The N1-L3 Moon Mission Profile
Chapter 4
The N-1 for Mars and Venus

PART II – Detailed Descriptions and Renderings

Chapter 5
The Story of the N-1 Diagram. Part 1: Developing the Diagram
Chapter 6
The Story of the N-1 Diagram. Part 2: Differences in Design between N1-3L thru N1-7L
Chapter 7
N-1 Reference Guide: Detailed Documentation
Chapter 8
N-1 Reference Guide: N1-3L Block A
Chapter 9
N-1 Reference Guide: N1-3L Block B
Chapter 10
N-1 Reference Guide: N1-3L Block V
Chapter 11
N1-L3 Complex Reference Guide
Chapter 12
N1-L3 Fairing/LES Reference Guide
Chapter 13
N-1 Launch Complex
Appendix A
The L3 Moon Mission Renderings by Nick Stevens
Appendix B
The N-1 Medal
Appendix C
Tower Rail Carriage Design Details
Appendix D
Author Bios

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  1. history at your fingertips 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Dec 2014

    A great historical and technical account of a period of time that space ruled the headlines , information that was not previously available in this detail and greatly appreciated by people interested in the subject that lived through this era , an excellent book with very interesting and different ways at launching into space in contrast to the American space program . Highly recommended

  2. Unfortunately, I couldn't give it 6 stars! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Oct 2014

    As soon as I learned that this book came out, and being a long time fan of the N-1 booster, I couldn't wait to get my grubby paws on it. Destiny conspired and it took almost 4 months for this to happen.

    As soon as I tore the packaging apart with my own teeth and started reading I couldn't be more happy. The wait was well worth it. The depth of the information in this book is staggering. Pictures that I never dreamt of seeing, like the N1-3L debris field were there. It even got detailed drawings of the launch Complex. Since I intend to build a full N1 stack with the gantry tower, I know I got my Soviet Superbooster information source Holy Grail!

    Many thanks to the splendid team of authors who shared their deep knowledge on this fantastic rocket and also to Jack Hagerty to help bringing this masterpiece to life!

    Now, enough drooling and back to the workbench. There's a long road to go.

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