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Space policy in the twenty-first century
Lambright, W. Henry, 1939-
Publication Information:
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
xi, 283 pages ; 24 cm.
Preface -- Introduction / by W. Henry Lambright -- Between a rocket and a hard place / by Roger D. Launius -- The future of space commerce / by Scott N. Pace -- Unfettered observation / by Ronald J. Deibert -- Entering the space station era / by Karl A. Leib -- High impacts / by Daniel H. Deudney -- The quest for Mars / by W. Henry Lambright and Debora L. VanNijnatten -- The search for extraterrestrial life / by Christopher F. Chyba -- Commentary: creating a new heritage in space, the 21st century challenge / by John M. Logsdon -- Commentary: from vision to reality / by Howard E. McCurdy -- Conclusion / by W. Henry Lambright -- List of contributors -- Index.
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Though more than forty years old, the space age has just begun, and questions about its future abound. What will replace the Space Shuttle? Will the International Space Station justify its $100 billion potential cost? Are asteroids real threats to Earth or just the subject of science fiction movies? Will humans land on Mars? Will the search for extraterrestrial life be rewarded?

In Space Policy in the Twenty-First Century, W. Henry Lambright brings together ten top-ranking observers of United States space exploration to address these and other issues relating to the future of the space program. While the U.S. no longer competes with the Soviets for technological "firsts," they argue, ideology and national image remain at the core of space policy, with other factors playing subordinate roles. Reminding readers of the historical highlights, the authors pose searching questions about the priorities and applications of space science, manned vs. unmanned flights, and commercial access to the space enterprise.

Contributors include: Christopher F. Chyba, SETI Institute and Stanford University; Ronald J. Deibert, University of Toronto; Daniel H. Deudney, the Johns Hopkins University; W. Henry Lambright, Syracuse University; Roger D. Launius, NASA; Karl A. Leib, Syracuse University; John M. Logsdon, George Washington University; Howard E. McCurdy, American University; Scott N. Pace, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Debora L. VanNijnatten, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Author Notes

W. Henry Lambright is a professor of political science and public administration and director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Administration at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. He is the author of Powering Apollo: James E. Webb of NASA , also available from Johns Hopkins.

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Although one cannot predict decisions of the future, this book offers an excellent summary of where US space policy is, how it got there, and the political context within which future space policy makers will have to operate. Concentrating on civil space, contributing authors provide good coverage of the international space station and on plans for the exploration of, and manned visits to, Mars. But the book does not mention the importance that habitats on the nearby moon will have as we gain experience in long-term living in a hostile environment so necessary for distant manned exploration. Chapters cover access to, and commercial aspects of, space, Earth monitoring, international ventures, natural threats from space to life on Earth, the search for life elsewhere in space, and the efforts needed to successfully explore space. The contributing authors write well. They have been actively involved in their chapter subjects, and their biographies are included in a two-page summary. No figures or photographs; tables are scarce; good chapter notes; adequate index. For readers wanting to trace the development of US civil space policy and to see prognostications of the political environment in which future space decisions will have to be made. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. W. E. Howard III formerly, Universities Space Research Association

Table of Contents

W. Henry LambrightRoger D. LauniusScott N. PaceRonald J. DeibertKarl A. LeibDaniel H. DeudneyW. Henry Lambright and Debora L. VanNijnattenChristopher F. ChybaJohn M. LogsdonHoward E. McCurdyW. Henry Lambright
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 Between a Rocket and a Hard Place: The Challenge of Space Accessp. 15
2 The Future of Space Commercep. 55
3 Unfettered Observation: The Politics of Earth Monitoring from Spacep. 89
4 Entering the Space Station Era: International Cooperation and the Next Decade in Human Spaceflightp. 115
5 High Impacts: Asteroidal Utilization, Collision Avoidance, and the Outer Space Regimep. 147
6 The Quest for Marsp. 173
7 The Search for Extraterrestrial Life: A Core Mission for NASAp. 198
8 Commentary: Creating a New Heritage in Spacep. 232
9 Commentary: From Vision to Realityp. 242
Conclusion: Adapting NASA for the Twenty-First Centuryp. 256
List of Contributorsp. 271
Indexp. 275