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Since the dawn of spaceflight, advocates of a
robust space effort have argued that human activity beyond Earth makes a
significant difference in everyday life. Assertions abound about the
“impact” of spaceflight on society and its relationship to the larger
contours of human existence.
Fifty years after the Space Age began, it is time to examine the effects
of spaceflight on society in a historically rigorous way. Has the Space
Age indeed had a significant effect on society? If so, what are those
influences? What do we mean by an “impact” on society? And what parts of
society? Conversely, has society had any effect on spaceflight? What would
be different had there been no Space Age? The purpose of this volume is to
examine these and related questions through scholarly research, making use
especially of the tools of the historian and the broader social sciences
and humanities. Herein a stellar array of scholars does just that, and
arrives at sometimes surprising conclusions.
(Extracted from the press release).
GENERAL TABLE OF CONTENTS
- -Table of Contents.
-Section 1: Societal Impact of Spaceflight in Context
- -Section 2: Turning Point Impacts
- -Section 3: Commercial and Economic Impact
- -Section 4: Applications Satellites, the
Ennvironment, and National Security
- -Section 5: Social Impact
- -Section 6: Spaceflight, Culture and Ideology.
- -Section 7: Afterword.
-About the Authors.
-NASA History Series.