Reaching for the High Frontier: The American Pro-Space Movement, 1972-84

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"A well-written, timely, useful contribution to our understanding of the space program.... Rich source notes, appendixes, and an excellent bibliographical essay enrich the book's utility. Students and general readers." -- Choice

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  • Hardcover: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (December 3, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275921514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275921514
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,356,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James A. Vedda on October 9, 2007
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The decline of U.S. civil space spending after Apollo sparked a movement by citizen advocates to reinvigorate the exploration and development of space. The remarkable thing was that most of the people involved had no direct professional or economic stake in the outcome (although interest groups representing scientists, engineers, and aerospace companies became more active at this time as well). Michaud tells the story of this movement from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s.
The book came out in 1986 and was largely written prior to the Challenger accident, which occurred in January of that year. That event is only mentioned in the Forward by former astronaut Joe Allen and in three paragraphs in the Epilogue. For those who didn't live through this era, it's noteworthy that the time from the initiation of the space station program in January 1984 until the Challenger accident two years later was arguably the most hopeful period in U.S. civil space history. The shuttle was flying regularly, the space station program had begun, the Voyager probes had recently visited Jupiter and Saturn, many more ambitious science missions (including the Hubble Space Telescope) were on the immediate horizon - a very exciting and promising time for space enthusiasts.
Michaud chronicles the emerging grassroots organizations, the conflicting goals (e.g., manned vs. unmanned missions, militarization vs. arms control), the struggles to establish credibility, the personalities (some visionary, some eccentric), and the focusing events (e.g., the first space shuttle launch, the decision to build the space station, the Senate debate over ratification of the Moon Treaty).
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This is, of course, an historical record by now. More deeply historical than when this fine work was written.

We will need future studies to get us more firmly on the path to space exploration. Mr. Michaud would be well qualified to do this, of course. But no matter who addresses the issue, it must be done. How we have gotten into this impasse is not clear to me. It seems more than a sheer budgetary issue. There are tinges of an overall fear of the implications of science and technologies. Phobias.

Able analysts like Michaud are needed to clarify this for the rest of us, and lead us to action. Meanwhile this book forms a useful pillar upon which to stand while looking at both the immediate past and the future of space programs.
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By Sarah95 on January 22, 2012
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Book came on time and in great condition. Very informative and well-organized. Learned plenty of interesting stuff I couldn't find out about online. Great for those interested in history and space.
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