David Baker (author)

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Dr David Baker (born 1944) is a British space scientist and a prolific author. He first visited the USA in 1962[1] and returned to work for NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs between 1965 and 1984[2] as a Mission Planning and Analysis Department. He was present at NASA during Apollo 13 in 1970.

He returned to the UK in 1984 and set up an independent consultancy helping countries around the world including India to develop and integrate commercial space technologies for their national space programmes.

He now works as a journalist, writer and an author. He has published thousands of articles, more than 100 books and contributed to many radio and TV documentaries about space missions in the US and Europe. In the past, he has edited the Aerospace Review, Jane's Aircraft Upgrades and Jane's Space Directory. He is a fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and since 2011 he has been the editor of the BIS's journal - Spaceflight.


  • The Race for Space - The Story of the space race in six volumes written with co-author Anatoly Zak (2018)
  • The Apollo Missions: The Incredible Story of the Race to the Moon (from 29 June 2019)
  • Apollo 17 Manual (Haynes Manuals): (from 3 June 2019)
  • Apollo 13 Manual: An engineering insight into how NASA saved the crew of the crippled Moon mission (Owners' Workshop Manual) : (2013)


  1. ^ "Interview: former NASA scientist David Baker | BBC Sky at Night Magazine". www.skyatnightmagazine.com. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  2. ^ Grossman, Lisa (2011-04-12). "Human Spaceflight's 50th: The Glorious Past and Uncertain Future". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-01-15.

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In 2018, he published a short potted history summarising his career and included a list of 110 books published at that time.

David Baker makes regular appearances as a guest on the London based Interplanetary podcast.