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After Apollo?: Richard Nixon and the American Space Program

After Apollo?: Richard Nixon and the American Space Program

Once the United States landed on the moon in July 1969, it was up to President Nixon to decide what to do in space after Apollo. This book chronicles the decisions he made, including ending space exploration and approving the space shuttle. Those decisions determined the characte... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781137438522
Barcode 9781137438522
Published 1 April 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Logsdon, John M.
Series Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
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ISBN-13 9781137438522
ISBN-10 1137438525
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Imprint Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date 1 April 2015
International Publication Date 2 April 2015
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Logsdon, John M.
Series Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Category World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
American History
Number of Pages 356
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 6,801g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Astronautics and state - History - 20th century - United States, United States-History, History, Modern, Astronomy, Science (General)
NBS Text Other Specific Technologies
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 629.450097309047
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

On July 20, 1969, U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong took 'one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.' The success of the Apollo 11 mission satisfied the goal that had been set by President John F. Kennedy just over eight years earlier - 'before this decade is out, landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.' It also raised the question 'What do you do next, after landing on the Moon?'It fell to President Richard M. Nixon to answer this question. After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program traces in detail how Nixon and his associates went about developing their response. The decisions made then have defined the U.S. program of human space flight well into the twenty-first century. Those choices have thus had a much more lasting impact than did John Kennedy's 1961 decision to go to the Moon. The factors leading to Kennedy's decision are well understood, but that is not the case with respect to space policy-making under President Nixon. This study provides that understanding, and thus fills in the details of a crucial period in the history of the United States space program, and particularly of its human space flight element.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Logsdon (emer., George Washington Univ.) does a nice job of telling the story of what the US wanted to do in space after project Apollo. ... The book includes halftone photographs and bibliographic references in lieu of a formal bibliography. Summing Up: Recommended. Researchers, professionals, general readers. (J. Z. Kiss, Choice, Vol. 53 (5), January, 2016)
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

John M. Logsdon is a world-recognized historian and analyst of space issues. His award winning Palgrave book, John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon (2010) received a wide range of positive reviews. Dr. Logsdon is Professor Emeritus at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, and was the founder and long-time Director of GW's Space Policy Institute.

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