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Author MacDonald, Alexander C., author.

Title The long Space Age : the economic origins of space exploration from Colonial America to the Cold War / Alexander MacDonald.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]

Item Status

Description 1 online resource (258 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Piety, pioneers, and patriots : the First American observatories -- Public spirit and patronage : American observatories -- Spaceflight, millionaires, and national defense : Robert Goddard's fund-raising program -- In the eyes of the world : the signaling value of apace exploration -- The next space patrons.
Summary An economic historian argues that privately funded space exploration is not a new development, but a trend beginning with the astronomical observatories of the nineteenth century Over the last half-century there has been a rapid expansion in commerce off the surface of our planet. Nations and corporations have placed hundreds of satellites that provide billions of dollars' worth of communications, scientific, global positioning, and commercial services, while construction has been completed on humanity's ninth and largest space station. On the planet itself, government agencies, corporations, and individuals plan for the expansion of economic development to the lunar surface, asteroids, and Mars. The future of space exploration seems likely to include a mix of large government funded missions as well as independent private-sector missions. 'The Long Space Age' examines the economic history of American space exploration and spaceflight, from early astronomical observatories to the International Space Station, and argues that the contemporary rise of private-sector efforts is the re-emergence of a long-run trend not a new phenomenon.
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Subject United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- History.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Manned space flight -- Economic aspects.
Astronautics -- United States -- History.
Astronautics and civilization.
Space tourism.
Cold War -- Economic aspects -- United States.
United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War (1945-1989)
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: MacDonald, Alexander C. Long space age. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017] 9780300219326 (DLC) 2016952701 (OCoLC)959034443
ISBN 9780300227888 (electronic book)
0300227884 (electronic book)
9780300219326 (cloth)
0300219326 (cloth)