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Gerard K. O’Neill and the Great Disappointment
Disappointments must not be forgotten. One of the great disappointments of those interested in the use and development of human space capabilities has been the inability to colonize the solar system. Emerging from the Apollo program of the latter 1960s … Continue reading
What Do You Do for an Encore after You’ve Been to the Moon?
As early as January 1964 NASA administrator, James E. Webb, had been asked by President Lyndon B. Johnson for a well-developed proposal of future space objectives after the Apollo Moon landings. Webb did not want to respond; instead he tried … Continue reading
Posted in Apollo, History, Politics, Space Tagged 1960s, Apollo, cold war, History, James C. Fletcher, James E. Webb, Lyndon B. Johnson, Moon, Moon race, NASA, politics, President’s Science Advisory Committee (PSAC), presidential power, public perceptions, public policy, Richard Nixon, Soviet Union, space shuttle, Space Task Group, Spiro T. Agnew, The Space Program in the Post-Apollo Period, U.S. Civil Space, Vietnam War 1 Comment
The Declining Significance of the Frontier in Space History?
It began to be perceptible in the late 1960s, and was certainly recognized in the 1970s, that the intermix of frontier imagery, popular culture expectations, and Cold War concerns was beginning to break-down. This was true across broad swaths of … Continue reading
Posted in Apollo, Cold War Competition, History, Politics, Space, Space Shuttle Tagged 1960s, American exceptionalism, American West, Apollo, cold war, frontier, Gemini V, History, international relations, International Space Station, James C. Fletcher, John Glenn, manifest destiny, Moon race, NASA, Patricia Nelson Limerick, presidential power, public perceptions, public policy, space shuttle, U.S. Civil Space 18 Comments