Category Archives: Space

Space as Battlefield or Sanctuary?


For more than fifty years since the first space satellites were orbited the world engaged in activity in outer space for military scientific, and commercial purposes, but without placing weapons there or engaging in serious efforts to target objects in space. … Continue reading

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NASA’s Overestimates of Soviet Lunar Capabilities During the Moon Race


Many times NASA officials used the national security intelligence on the Soviet Union to sustain their case for an aggressive effort to complete Apollo by the end of the 1960s. In a few instances these public statements aroused within the … Continue reading

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Timing of the Apollo Landing in Relation to the Soviet Lunar Program


Americans have long known that the American effort to land on the Moon served as an enormously effective response to a Cold War crisis with the Soviet Union. When Apollo 11 landed on the Moon in July 1969 few recalled … Continue reading

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A Breathless Survey of the Overhead Reconnaissance Harvest of CORONA


The U.S.’s development of a viable satellite reconnaissance program proved a major challenge through much of the 1950s, with the first successful flight coming in 1960. Under development in the latter 1950s, Project CORONA eventually became a successful American reconnaissance satellite … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: 2015 Sacknoff Prize for Space History


Please keep in mind the following opportunity: 2015 Sacknoff Prize for Space History Details on the 2015 prize: www.spacehistory101.com/prize A 2015 Flyer for Posting: http://www.spacebusiness.com/prize-2015.pdf First awarded in 2011, the annual prize is designed to encourage students to perform original research and submit papers … Continue reading

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A Revolution in Cosmology?


Only five centuries ago, not even the blink of an eye in time when compared to the age of the universe, humanity’s vision extended but a little beyond Saturn. Our ancestors envisioned a universe both limited and orderly. The telescope … Continue reading

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Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History


For anyone who might have an interest: NOMINATIONS Requested for the Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History This award is named in memory of Frederick I. Ordway III (1927-2014), human spaceflight advocate and chronicler of the history of rocketry and … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Discovery of Global Warming”


The Discovery of Global Warming. By Spencer Weart. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004, rev. ed. 2008. A centrally important study in the vital center of debate about studies of global warming is Spencer Weart’s The Discovery of Global Warming, … Continue reading

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Announcing the Space Policy and History Forum #15


For those in the Washington, D.C., area on March 30, 2015, we will be holding our next Space Policy and History Forum where we will feature Teasel Muir-Harmony of the American Institute of Physics presenting “Astronaut Ambassadors: The Apollo 11 … Continue reading

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Announcing a National Academies Presentation: “Our Place in the Universe, As Seen Through Past, Present, and Future Telescopes”


Our Place in the Universe, As Seen Through Past, Present, and Future Telescopes “What is our place in Universe?” Throughout human history, astronomy has repeatedly overthrown our understanding of this question and new telescopes and astronomers continue to do so. … Continue reading

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