Tribute from the USA
Sir, Maxim Vadisiavovich Tarasenko, a
leading Russian independent space researcher was
killed by a hit-and-run driver in May.
Maxim Tarasenko was a
world-famous researcher in the field of military
space and strategic weapons. Since 1991, he has
worked at the Center for Study of Disarmament and
Ecology at the Moscow Physics Technology
Institute. In 1992, he published his
ground-breaking book Military Aspects of the
Soviet Cosmonautics - the first ever
independent Russian study on the Soviet military
programmes, which immediately became a
best-seller and was sought by Russian-speaking
space and weapons experts all round the world.
Mr Tarasenko presented lectures
and research papers in many countries and was
well-known among the Russian space experts in US
research institutions and aerospace corporations.
In recent years, he worked on an updated version
of his book and served as an editorial board
member of the Novosti Kosmonavtiki (Cosmonautics
News). He also was one of the key authors of the
history of the Russian nuclear strategic weapons
that was published in 1998.
Mr Tarasenko is survived by his
wife and a step-son who was severely injured in
the same accident. His family has lost their only
bread-winner and currently does not have the
means of subsistence.
Air & Space Museum
41. August 1999