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The History of Human Space Exploration

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In February of 2011 Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon and Voices from the Moon, videoconferenced with the class from his home in Vermont. His slide lectures and the following Q&A are included in this playlist an you can also start with the first of these embedded below:

Listen to NASA: Past, Present and Future, John Boyd’s History of NASA’s first 50 years.

John Boyd’s career spans almost the entire history of NASA Ames (from the “Hall of Fame”): “Starting as an aerodynamicist in Ames’ world-changing high speed research group. Boyd managed positions of great responsibility–like Ames Associate Director and NASA Associate Administrator of Management–and has advised many other NASA leaders.” He came and spoke the Astrobiology and Space Exploration in March of 2008.

Additional Media about Apollo 11:

Nature’s history blog on Apollo 11

Radiodrama by The Truth, inspired by William Safire’s prepared obit for Apollo 11, entitled: “In the Event of Moon Disaster.” They imagine Aldrin and Armstrong’s last hours stranded on the moon, if the lander had been damaged.

The actual text of the speech written by Safire and a link to a recording of him discussing it.

Further Reading:
○ Space is an extreme environment filled with multiple stressors; crew members must have psychological stability in order to realize mission goals. Although previously overlooked, NASA increased the recognition of behavioral health for space flight.
■ Chapter 1: Introduction: Psychology and the US Space Program (1-16) – Psychology of Space Exploration (http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4411.pdf)
○ Although there has been neglect of individual psychological needs in the past, future predictions of more long duration flights have called attention to for deeper psychological analysis in hopes to mitigate potential behavioral health problems and/or impairments. Additional investigation is needed to ensure crew success and safety.
■ Afterword: From the Past to the Future (195-2-4) – Psychology of Space Exploration (http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4411.pdf)



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