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

Valerie Neal


This book examines the principal texts, images, and icons that convey the meaning, and transformation of meaning, of human spaceflight in the space shuttle era from the 1970s into the early 2000s. Various themes and metaphors, consciously promoted by NASA and the media, refreshed the meaning of spaceflight in response to evolving agendas and challenges. Advocates and critics, participants and reporters, contributed to the ongoing redefinition of the purpose and value of human spaceflight. NASA promotional materials and planning documents, the changing character of the astronaut corps, media re ... More

Keywords: spaceflight, space shuttle, space station, astronauts, NASA, science, media, memory, rhetoric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300206517
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300206517.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Valerie Neal, author
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum