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The Long Space Age: The Economic Origins of Space Exploration from Colonial America to the Cold War

Alexander MacDonald


The early years of the twenty-first century have seen the rise to prominence of private-sector American spaceflight. The result is a new phase of space development—one where human spaceflight is no longer the exclusive domain of governments, but an activity increasingly driven by the interests and motivations of individuals and corporations. In order to understand this phenomenon, we need to examine the long-run economic history of American space exploration. This book examines three critical phases of that history. The first phase is the financing and construction of American astronomical obs ... More

Keywords: Space exploration, Astronomy, History of Science, Spaceflight, Economic History, Space Policy, American History

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300219326
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300219326.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander MacDonald, author
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)