The legend of Wan Hu's early attempt at rocket flight is included in the classic book by Carsbie C. Adams, Space Flight, which was published by McGraw-Hill in 1958. A more recent monograph devoted to rocket history and theory, Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion (2nd edn), was authored by Martin J.L. Turner and published by Springer-Praxis, Chichester, UK, in 2005. This reference is also an excellent source of information regarding chemical, electric, and nuclear rocketry.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The Art of Aerocapture
How atmospheric drag can be used to slow
Fan interplanetary spacecraft and capture it into orbit
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