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Spaceflight in the Shuttle Era and BeyondRedefining Humanity's Purpose in Space$
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Valerie Neal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300206517

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300206517.001.0001

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Memory: Preserving Meaning

Memory: Preserving Meaning

(p.191) Chapter 7 Memory: Preserving Meaning
Spaceflight in the Shuttle Era and Beyond

Valerie Neal

Yale University Press

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 dwindled, the future-oriented Constellation program canceled, and NASA’s Orion spacecraft and industry’s commercial space transportation still under development in 2016, the future of U.S. human spaceflight was uncertain. Prospects for new human spaceflight rationales are unsettled, but museums that preserve the relics of the shuttle era are busy shaping public memory and the meaning of the past. Might there be some constructive dialogue between future planners and past explainers?

Keywords:   public memory, National Air and Space Museum, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, California Science Center, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, retired orbiters, memorials

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