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The Margin of the Future

Peter Redfield

in Space in the Tropics: From Convicts to Rockets in French Guiana

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219847
eISBN:
9780520923423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219847.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter gives a striking account of an affable French businessman, Georges, who, because of family connections, had been invited to indulge in his passion for space at the center of French ... More


A Gate to the Heavens

Peter Redfield

in Space in the Tropics: From Convicts to Rockets in French Guiana

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219847
eISBN:
9780520923423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219847.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter highlights the fact that technologies associated with the exploration and commercialization of outer space have significantly transformed experiences of human space on a global scale, ... More


“A Competence Which Should Be Used”: NASA, Social Movements, and Social Problems in the 1970s

Cyrus C. M. Mody

in NASA and the Long Civil Rights Movement

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780813066202
eISBN:
9780813065205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066202.003.0010
Subject:
History, African-American History

Cyrus Mody argues that NASA and Johnson Space Center experienced the 1970s through the paradox of “existential success.” The Apollo Program convinced other organizations that NASA engineers had “a ... More


The Nature of Work

Peter Redfield

in Space in the Tropics: From Convicts to Rockets in French Guiana

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219847
eISBN:
9780520923423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219847.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter moves from questions of nature back to ones related to technology and development. It compares ecologies of work in the penal colony and the space center, and the place of improvisation ... More


Tropics of Nature

Peter Redfield

in Space in the Tropics: From Convicts to Rockets in French Guiana

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219847
eISBN:
9780520923423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219847.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

As a first step in bringing the penal colony and space center together, this chapter examines what “place” means in each context, tracing nineteenth-century climatic theories and obsessions with ... More


NASA, the Association of Huntsville Area Contractors, and Equal Employment Opportunity in the Rocket City, 1963–1965

Brian C. Odom

in NASA and the Long Civil Rights Movement

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780813066202
eISBN:
9780813065205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066202.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

Brian Odom surveys the implementation of Equal Employment Opportunity at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Odom contends that Marshall’s strategy focused on recruiting ... More


Memory: Preserving Meaning

Valerie Neal

in Spaceflight in the Shuttle Era and Beyond: Redefining Humanity's Purpose in Space

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780300206517
eISBN:
9780300227987
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300206517.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The last chapter, “Memory: Preserving Meaning,” considers what the end of the shuttle era meant. With the orbiters retired to museums, the International Space Station assembled, the astronaut corps ... More


Introduction

Monique Laney

in German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie: Making Sense of the Nazi Past during the Civil Rights Era

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300198034
eISBN:
9780300213454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300198034.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This book documents the integration of rocket engineers from Nazi Germany, along with their families, into Huntsville, a small community in Alabama, after World War II. It examines how Huntsville ... More


Huntsville Becomes the “Rocket City”

Monique Laney

in German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie: Making Sense of the Nazi Past during the Civil Rights Era

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300198034
eISBN:
9780300213454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300198034.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter examines how rocket engineers from Nazi Germany helped transform Huntsville into a “Rocket City.” When the German rocket experts and their families moved from Fort Bliss, Texas, to ... More


Johnston Atoll

Mark J. Rauzon

in Isles of Amnesia: The History, Geography, and Restoration of America's Forgotten Pacific Islands

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824846794
eISBN:
9780824868314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824846794.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Pacific Studies

I travel to Johnston Atoll, the site of a chemical warfare incineration plant where sarin and VX gas was destroyed. The atoll that once held 4,000 people has now been abandoned. A Thor rocket test ... More


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