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NASA and the space industry
Bromberg, Joan Lisa.
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Baltimore, MD : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
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247 pages : 24 cm.
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TL521.312 .B76 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Written through a contract with NASA's History Office, this book is the sixth in the "New Series of NASA History"; Bromberg (history and philosophy of science, Univ. of California, Davis) explores in detail the evolution of the relationships between the space agency and our US space industrial partners. Remarkably free of "agency bias," the book clearly lays out and explains the policies and points of view of the major players of government--NASA, the Air Force and Department of Defense, and the Executive Office of the President--and the views and efforts of the major industrial contractors that have supported the space program through the past half-century. There is special emphasis on the space shuttle, the space station, and the drive to obtain cheaper launch systems. Some issues, such as the pull and tug between the National Space Council and NASA, are hardly mentioned, but the treatment of the NASA-industry relationship is exceptionally well done. The six-page index is inadequate and the figures are sparse, but there is a good bibliography and a very extensive, 37-page, chapter-by-chapter set of notes. Very readable and appropriate for all audiences. All levels. W. E. Howard III; formerly, Universities Space Research Association