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The Meaning and Value of Spaceflight

Public Perceptions

Bainbridge, William Sims

2015, XI, 225 p. 1 illus.

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  • Based on new analysis of six decades of questionnaire and public opinion data this book charts the full sweep of meanings people have attached to the space program
  • Assesses how Americans understand spaceflight and which values it can serve for them
  • Takes into account the connections people make to wider social issues and other branches of science and technology
  • Written in a lucid style for readers interested in the topic

This book presents the most serious and comprehensive study, by far, of American public perceptions about the meaning of space exploration, analyzing vast troves of questionnaire data collected by many researchers and polling firms over a span of six decades and anchored in influential social science theories.  It doesn't simply report the percentages who held various opinions, but employs sophisticated statistical techniques to answer profound questions and achieve fresh discoveries.

Both the Bush and the Obama administrations have cut back severely on fundamental research in space science and engineering. Understanding better what space exploration means for citizens can contribute to charting a feasible but progressive course. Since the end of the Space Race between the US and the USSR, social scientists have almost completely ignored space exploration as a topic for serious analysis, and this book seeks to revive that kind of contribution.

The author communicates the insights in a lucid style, not only intelligible but interesting to readers from a variety of backgrounds. 

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Analysis and Meta-analysis - Astronautics and Politics - Astrosociology - Human Space Travel - NASA in the Public Eye - Opinion Polls on Spaceflight - Public Perception Space Progams - Sociological Studies of Spaceflight - Space Race - Spaceflight and Politics

Related subjects » Mechanical Engineering - Social Sciences

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