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Space and the American Imagination

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780801898686
Author(s): Howard E. Mccurdy
Format: Paperback
Year: 2011
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Dimensions: 230 x 0 x 156 (w x l x h)
Pages: 408
Pages: 13

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People dreamed of cosmic exploration — winged spaceships and lunar voyages; space stations and robot astronauts — long before it actually happened. Space and the American Imagination traces the emergence of space travel in the popular mind, its expression in science fiction, and its influence on national space programs.

In few areas is the power of imagination more dramatically illustrated than in the realm of space exploration. Howard E. McCurdy shows how that power inspired people to attempt what they once deemed impossible. In a mere half-century since the launch of the first Earth-orbiting satellite in 1957, humans achieved much of what they had once only read about in the fiction of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells and the nonfiction of Willy Ley, among others.

To reach these goals, however, required broad-based support, and McCurdy examines how advocates employed familiar metaphors to excite interest (promising, for example, that space exploration would recreate the American frontier experience) and prepare the public for daring missions into space. When unexpected realities and harsh obstacles threatened their progress, the space community intensified their efforts in attempts to make their wildest dreams come true.

This lively and important work remains relevant given contemporary questions about future plans at NASA. Fully revised and updated since its original publicat Please click here to ask a question
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