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The Transit Program and the Origins of Nuclear Power Systems for Spaceflight


Since the dawn of the space age more than 50 years ago, the United States has pursued a variety of methods for delivering electrical power to spacecraft in flight. Nuclear power systems are the only ones that have been found … Continue reading

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Historical Analogies and the Commercial Development of Space


I recently completed a study on historical analogies and the commercial development of space. This study explored several historical episodes in U.S. history where the federal government undertook public/private efforts to complete critical activities valued for their public good. This largely … Continue reading

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Tooting My Own Horn: One of My Articles is on ScienceDirect as One of the Most Downloaded Articles


I received in the e-mail recently notification that my article, “Why Go to the Moon?The Many Faces of Lunar Policy,” was one of the top twenty-five most downloaded articles from Acta Astronautica 70 (January–February 2012): 165–75, the journal where it appeared. … Continue reading

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Re-Direct: My Appearance on the Space Show


Last Friday, November 29, 2013, I was a guest on the Space Show talking about the Space Shuttle, my new edited work on this subject, and other space history issues. The book, Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb


It comes up every year at the time of the anniversary. It is one of the most difficult and complex questions in American history. Why did the leadership of the United States choose to drop the atomic bomb on Japan … Continue reading

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Eisenhower Revisionism and Sputnik


At present Dwight D. Eisenhower enjoys a presidential stature that ranks just below the greatest of the American presidents, especially Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson. This has not always been the case. For the last thirty years Eisenhower revisionism has been … Continue reading

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Announcement of Space Policy and History Forum #9


See you in Orbit? The Evolution of the Dream to Fly in Space Space Policy and History Forum #9 Presentation by Alan Ladwig  This is a story about your dream to fly in space.  Some of you, especially the post-Apollo babies, … Continue reading

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The First Three USAF Astronauts


Three of the first seven of America’s astronauts—the Mercury Seven selected in April 1959—came from the ranks of the United States Air Force. They were L. Gordon Cooper Jr. (1927-2004), Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom (1926-1967), and Donald K. “Deke” Slayton … Continue reading

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Proposed Syllabus for “Spaceflight and Society” Course, Fall 2013


I am the instructor for a course at Johns Hopkins University in the Fall 2013 semester with the title, “Spaceflight and Society.” I taught this class in the fall of 2011 as well and had a great time doing it, … Continue reading

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Video: The Space Program Under Presidents Nixon and Ford


On Jun 13, 2013, John Logsdon, George Washington University; William Barry, NASA Chief Historian; and I participated in a set of presentations on “The Space Program Under Presidents Nixon and Ford.” The video of the presentations is available here. Enjoy!

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