|Sharing the Shuttle with America: NASA and public engagement after Apollo
|Amy Kaminski, Author
|[S.l.] : Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2015
|1 online resource (ix, 432 p.)
|Winner of the 2018 AIAA History Manuscript Award./ Includes bibliographical references
|Apollo 11 program ; Astronautics and state--United States ; Astronautics and state--United States--Public opinion ; Communication and culture ; National Aeronautics and Space Administration ; Project Apollo (U.S.)
|Mapping the publics and engagement modes NASA regarded as crucial to the Shuttle's legitimacy, this case study exposes the visions of public accountability and other influences -- including changing perceptions of a technology -- that can govern how technoscientific institutions perceive and engage various external publics. Doing so illuminates the prospects and challenges associated with democratizing decisions and uses for space and, perhaps, other technologies managed by U.S. government agencies while suggesting a new pathway for scholarly inquiry regarding interactions between technoscientific institutions and external publics. Expanding NASA's historical narrative, this study demonstrates that entities not typically recognized as space program contributors played significant roles in shaping the Shuttle program, substantively and culturally. Conceptualizing and valuing external publics in these ways may prove key for NASA to sustain human space flight going forward.