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Planetary Exploration in Extremis

Peter J. Westwick

in Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110753
eISBN:
9780300134582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110753.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter describes how, although they generated media interest, the Voyager and the superlatives failed to garner political support. Even as the Voyager spacecraft completed their triumphant ... More


Recovery of Flight Projects

Peter J. Westwick

in Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110753
eISBN:
9780300134582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110753.003.0012
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the lab's recovery of its main mission in planetary exploration, from which stemmed its growth during the 1980s. The recovery, however, rested on plans for a new low-cost ... More


Civil Space: Science and Exploration

James Clay Moltz

in Crowded Orbits: Conflict and Cooperation in Space

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159128
eISBN:
9780231528177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159128.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter analyzes the contributions of space explorations towards science and research. It looks into the phenomena of “civil” spaceflight, which means nonmilitary and noncommercial activities in ... More


Earth, Life, Space: The Social Construction of the Biosphere and the Expansion of the Concept into Outer Space

Linda Billings

in Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190915650
eISBN:
9780197506066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190915650.003.0014
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

This chapter discusses how the scientific search for evidence of extraterrestrial life has affected people's conception of the terrestrial biosphere. Austrian geologist Eduard Suess originated the ... More


JPL under Allen

Peter J. Westwick

in Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110753
eISBN:
9780300134582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110753.003.0011
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the reasons for Bruce Murray's resignation as director of JPL; he perceived a turning point in the history of the lab, from the Mariner-Voyager era of planetary exploration to ... More


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