Spacefarers: Images of Astronauts and Cosmonauts in the Heroic Era of Spaceflight

Spacefarers: Images of Astronauts and Cosmonauts in the Heroic Era of Spaceflight

by Michael J. Neufeld (Editor)

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ISBN-13: 9781935623199
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Michael J. Neufeld is a Museum Curator in the Space History Division of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. From 2007 to 2011 he served as Division Chair. Born and raised in Canada, he has four history degrees, including a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1984. Dr. Neufeld has written three books, The Skilled Metalworkers of Nuremberg (1989), The Rocket and the Reich (1995), and Von Braun (2007). He has edited three others, Planet Dora by Yves Béon (1997), The Bombing of Auschwitz (2000, with Michael Berenbaum) and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (2010, with Alex Spencer).

Table of Contents

Introduction Michael J. Neufeld 1

Chapter 1 Setting the Scene for Human Spaceflights: Men into Space and The Man and the Challenge Margaret A. Weitekamp 9

Chapter 2 "Capsules Are Swallowed": The Mythology of the Pilot in American Spaceflight Matthew H. Hersch 35

Chapter 3 Noslalgia for the Right Stuff: Astronauts and Public Anxiety about a Changing Nation James Spjller 81

Chapter 4 The Fiftieth Jubilee: Yuri Gagarin in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Imagination Andrew Jenks 81

Chapter 5 Astronauts and Cosmonauts into Frenchmen: Understanding Space Travel through the Popular Weekly Paris Match Guiliaume de Syon 107

Chapter 6 They May Remake Our Image of Mankind: Representations of Cosmonauts and Astronauts in Soviet and American Space Propaganda Magazines, 1961-1981 Trevor S. Rockwell 125

Chapter 7 Bringing Spaceflight Down to Earth: Astronauts and The IMAX Experience® Valerie Neal 149

Chapter 8 You've Come a Long Way, Maybe: The First Six Women .Astronauts and the Media Jennifer Ross-Nazzal 175

Chapter 9 Warriors and Worriers: Risk, Masculinity, and the Anxiety of Individuality in the Literature of American Spaceflight Margaret Lazarus Dean 203

Acknowledgments 227

Selected Bibliography 229

Contributors 239

Index 243

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