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cspg
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NASA in the World: Fifty Years of International Collaboration in Space
by John Krige, Angelina Long Callahan and Ashok Maharaj
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is all too often thought of in a purely national context — as an American initiative developed specifically to compete with the Soviet Union. Yet, from its inception in 1958, NASA was mandated not only to sustain U.S. leadership in space, but also to pursue international collaboration.

Since that time, NASA has participated in over 4,000 international projects, even as historians have almost entirely neglected this remarkable aspect of the agency's work.

This definitive and groundbreaking study is the first to trace NASA's history in a truly international context. Drawing on unprecedented access to agency archives and personnel, it explores US-Soviet cooperation during the darkest days of the Cold War, relations with India and Japan, the development of the International Space Station, and a host of other fascinating episodes, making it a signal contribution to space studies and American diplomatic history.

About the authors

John Krige is Kranzberg Professor in the School of History, Technology and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, and the author of American Hegemony and the Postwar Reconstruction of Science in Europe (2006). An acknowledged expert on the history of the space program, he has appeared in recent years on American Public Radio, the BBC, and Swiss Radio.

Angelina Long Callahan is Associate Historian at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, USA, where she wrote her dissertation on meteorological satellites and the Cold War. She has a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of History, Technology, and Society. Her other research pursuits include the history of 1920-30s drone research and development and technological roots of the Vanguard satellite project.

Ashok Maharaj has a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of History, Technology, and Society, USA. He lives and works in Chennai, India.

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (August 21, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1137340916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137340917

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Roger Launius delivers high praise for this book in his review.
This book is important and path-breaking for three interrelated reasons. First, and foremost, this is an outstanding work—comprehensive and insightful — telling the exceptionally important story of NASA's efforts to engage in collaborative activities in space with foreign nations.

...Second, for the first time in this work we see a true appreciation for the incorporation of national narratives into a meaningful whole... Krige, Long, and Maharaj seek — and they are largely successful in this regard — in moving beyond the national spaceflight narratives to embrace transnational frameworks. In so doing they emphasize the interdependence and linkages between and among various modern states and how those interconnections have played out in relation to space exploration over the latter half of the twentieth century.

...And it is this emphasis on the transnational that offers the third reason why this book is significant. While there is some discussion of missions, projects, and the like, this work is very much driven by a broader perspective on the nature of international collaboration, emphasizing how scientific and technological issues have been resolved within the confines of broader political, industrial, and ideological issues.

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