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No Requiem for the Space Age
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No Requiem for the Space Age: The Apollo Moon Landings and American Culture

Matthew D. Tribbe

Abstract

Why did support for the American space program decrease so sharply by the early 1970s, even as its Apollo missions continued visiting the moon? Rooted in profound scientific and technological leaps, rational technocratic management, and an ambitious view of the universe as a realm susceptible to human mastery, the Apollo moon landings were the grandest manifestation of postwar American progress and optimism. To the great dismay of its many proponents, however, NASA found the ground shifting beneath its feet as a fierce wave of antirationalism arose throughout American society, fostering a cult ... More

Keywords: culture, postwar, United States, technology, science, Apollo, space exploration, popular culture, 1960s, 1970s

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199313525
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199313525.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew D. Tribbe, author
University of Connecticut

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