Societal Impact of Spaceflight

By Steven J. Dick & Roger D. Launius, Editors

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“Since the dawn of spaceflight, advocates of a robust space effort have argued that human activity beyond Earth makes a significant difference in everyday life.” “Fifty years after the Space Age began, it is time to examine the effects of spaceflight on society in a historically rigorous way.” “…the subject is broad, rich and stimulating. Spaceflight has commercial and economic dimensions, as well as social, cultural and ideological ramifications.” This report resulted from a conference on this topic held in Washington DC from September 19-21, 2006. Chapter 10, “The Role of Space Development in Globalization”, by James Vedda, is especially recommended for the CSG community but the whole report is first-class.

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