Space & Amern Imagination PB / Edition 1

Space & Amern Imagination PB / Edition 1

by Howard E. McCurdy, Curdy He MC
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560984457

ISBN-13: 9781560984450

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press

Examining popular images that have helped motivate the most ambitious civil space program in the world, Howard E. McCurdy argues that the spacefaring dream tapped into several of America's most deeply rooted cultural ideals: the limitless frontier, the heroic explorer, the romance of aviation, and progress through technology. He also shows how space advocates, playing…  See more details below

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Examining popular images that have helped motivate the most ambitious civil space program in the world, Howard E. McCurdy argues that the spacefaring dream tapped into several of America's most deeply rooted cultural ideals: the limitless frontier, the heroic explorer, the romance of aviation, and progress through technology. He also shows how space advocates, playing on the public's Cold War fears, convinced politicians that control of space meant control of the earth. Their campaign helps to explain why President Kennedy approved the expensive Project Apollo, leading to the space program's most visible success, the 1969 moon landing. Forty years after the launch of the first orbiting satellites, U.S. achievements in space have fallen far short of the hopeful visions encouraged by Chesley Bonestell's paintings in Collier's magazine and television shows such as Star Trek. In Space and the American Imagination, McCurdy contends that the gap between expectations and reality led to waning public support for the space program and argues that such gaps typically arise when public policy debates are obliged to entertain as well as inform.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560984450
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
American History and Culture Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Vision1
1Prelude: The Exploration Ideal9
2Making Space Flight Seem Real29
3The Cold War53
4Apollo: The Aura of Competence83
5Mysteries of Life109
6The Extraterrestrial Frontier139
7Stations in Space163
8Spacecraft185
9Life on Earth207
Conclusion: Imagination and the Policy Agenda233
Notes245
Index285

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