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Proceedings of October 2007 conference, sponsored by the NASA History Division and the National Air and Space Museum, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Sputnik 1 launch  in October 1957 and the dawn of the space age. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780160817236
  • Publisher: US National Aeronautics and Space Admin
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 478
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven J. Dick is the Chief Historian for NASA. He obtained his B.S. in astrophysics (1971) and his M.A. and Ph.D. (1977) in history and philosophy of science from Indiana University. He worked as an astronomer and historian of science at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, for 24 years before coming to NASA Headquarters in 2003. Among his books are Plurality of Worlds: The Origins of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate from Democritus to Kant (1982), The Biological Universe: The Twentieth Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate and the Limits of Science (1996), and Life on Other Worlds (1998). The latter has been translated into Chinese, Italian, Czech, Polish and Greek. His most recent books are The Living Universe: NASA and the Development of Astrobiology (2004) and a comprehensive history of the U.S. Naval Observatory, Sky and Ocean Joined: The U.S. Naval Observatory, 1830–2000 (2003). The latter received the Pendleton Prize of the Society for History in the Federal Government. He is editor of Many Worlds: The New Universe, Extraterrestrial Life and the Theological Implications (2000), editor (with Keith Cowing) of the proceedings of the NASA Administrator's symposium Risk and Exploration: Earth, Sea and the Stars (2005), and (with Roger Launius) of Critical Issues in the History of Spaceflight (2006) and Societal Impact of Spaceflight (2007). He is the recipient of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. He received the NASA Group Achievement Award for his role in NASA’s multidisciplinary program in astrobiology. He has served as chairman of the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society as president of theHistory of Astronomy Commission of the International Astronomical Union, and he as president of the Philosophical Society of Washington. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

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Table of Contents

Part I National and Global Dimensions of the Space Age
Chapter 1: Gigantic Follies? Human Exploration and the Space Age in Long-term Historical Perspective
Chapter 2: National Aspirations on a Global Stage: Fifty Years of Spaceflight—Asif A. Siddiqi
Chapter 3: Building Space Capability through European Regional Collaboration—John Krige
Chapter 4: Imagining an Aerospace Agency in the Atomic Age— Robert R. MacGregor
Chapter 5: Creating a Memory of the German Rocket Program for the Cold War—Michael J. Neufeld
Chapter 6: “Operation Paperclip” in Huntsville, Alabama—Monique Laney
Chapter 7: The Great Leap Upward: China’s Human Spaceflight Program and Chinese National Identity—James R. Hansen
Chapter 8: The “Right” Stuff: The Reagan Revolution and the U.S. Space Program—Andrew J. Butrica . .
Chapter 9: Great (Unfulfilled) Expectations: To Boldly Go Where No Social Scientist and Historian Have Gone Before— Jonathan Coopersmith
Part II Remembrance and Cultural Representation of the Space Age
Chapter 10: Far Out: The Space Age in American Culture—Emily Rosenberg
Chapter 11: A Second Nature Rising: Spaceflight in an Era of Representation—Martin Collins
Chapter 12: Creating Memories: Myth, Identity, and Culture in the Russian Space Age—Slava Gerovitch
Chapter 13: The Music of Memory and Forgetting: Global Echoes of Sputnik 2—Amy Nelson
Chapter 14: From the Cradle to the Grave: Cosmonaut Nostalgia in Soviet and Post-Soviet Film—CathyLewis
Chapter 15: Discovering the Iconic in Space Exploration Photography—Michael Soluri
Chapter 16: Robert A. Heinlein’s Influence on Spaceflight— Robert G. Kennedy III
Chapter 17: American Spaceflight History’s Master Narrative and the Meaning of Memory—Roger D. Launius
Part III Reflections on the Space Age
Chapter 18: A Melancholic Space Age Anniversary— Walter A. McDougall
Chapter 19: Has Space Development Made a Difference?— John Logsdon
Chapter 20: Has There Been a Space Age?—Sylvia Kraemer
Chapter 21: Cultural Functions of Space Exploration— Linda Billings

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