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NASA History Division and National Air and Space Museum Department of Space History
19-21 September 2006 · Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC


Tuesday, September 19

Welcome ­ 9:00–9:30 a.m.

Steven Dick, NASA Chief Historian

Roger Launius, NASM Chair, Space History

Opening Remarks

Donald Lopez , NASM Deputy Director

Scott Pace, NASA Associate Administrator for Program Analysis and Evaluation

Keynote ­ 9:30–10:00 a.m.

Howard McCurdy, American University
Has Spaceflight Had an Impact on Society? An Interpretative Framework

Session I ­ Turning Point Impacts ­ 10:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Session I Chair: Steven J. Dick, NASA

Roger D. Launius, NASM
Overview: What Are Historic Turning Points, and What Were They for the Space Age?

James T. Andrews, Iowa State University
In Search of a Red Cosmos: Space Exploration, Public Culture, and Soviet Society

Andrew Chaikin, Independent Scholar
Impact of the Apollo Program

Valerie Neal, NASM
Highs and Lows: Revaluing Spaceflight in the Shuttle Era

John Logsdon, George Washington University (GWU)
Space in the Post-Cold War Environment

James Hansen, Auburn University
The Taikonaut as Icon

Lunch on own, 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Session II ­ Commercial and Economic Impact ­ 1:30–4:30 p.m.

Session II Chair: William Becker, The George Washington University

Phil Scranton, Rutgers University
Overview: Commercial and Ecomonic Impact of Spaceflight

Stephen Johnson, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
The Political Economy of Spaceflight

James Vedda, Aerospace Corporation
Role of Space Development in Globalization

John Krige, Georgia Tech
Technological Sharing and Soft Power

Jennifer Ross-Nazzal, Johnson Space Center
ŃFrom Farm to Forkń: How Space Food Changed Food Safety Standards

Henry Hertzfeld and Ray Williamson, GWU
Economic Impact of Earth Observing Satellites

Wednesday, September 20

Session III ­ Applications Satellites, the Environment and National Security ­ 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Session III Chair: Dwayne Day, National Research Council

Erik Conway, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Overview: Satellites and Security: Space in Service to Humanity

David Whalen, IOT Systems, LLC
Societal Impacts of Applications Satellites

Henry Lambright, Syracuse University
NASA and the Environmental Movement: Where Science and Policy Meet

Rick Sturdevant, Air Force Space Command
The Military, Civil, and Commercial Impact of the Navigation Signal Timing and Ranging (NAVSTAR) Global Positioning System

Roger Handberg, University of Central Florida
The Intersection of Military and Civilian Applications: American Security in a Truly Global World

Glenn Hastedt, James Madison University
Reconnaissance Satellites and National Security

Session IV ­ Social Impact ­ 1:30–4:30 p.m.

Session IV Chair: Cathy Lewis, NASM

Glen Asner, NASA History Division
Overview: Space History from the Bottom Up: Using Social History to Interpret the Societal Impact of Spaceflight

Andrew Fraknoi, Foothill College & Astromical Society of the Pacific
Space Science Education in the U.S.: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Kim McQuaid, Lake Erie College
Racism, Sexism, and Space Ventures: Civil Rights at NASA in the Nixon Era and Beyond

Kevin Brady, Texas Christian University
NASA Launches Texas Into Orbit: The Political, Economic, and Social Impact of the Space Agency on the Lone Star State, 1961–1969

Peter Westwick, Yale University
JPL and Southern California

Margaret Weitekamp, NASM
Witnesses to History: Space Memorabilia as Evidence of Space ProgramÔs Impact on American Culture

Thursday, September 21

Session V ­ Cultural Impact ­ 9:00–10:30 a.m.

Session V Chair: Michael Ciancone, NASA

Asif Siddiqi, Fordham University
Overview: Constructing National Narratives: Perspectives on a Cultural History of Spaceflight

De Witt Douglas Kilgore, Indiana University
Implications of Extraterrestrial Life

Ron Miller, Independent Scholar
Spaceflight Impact on Literature and the Arts

Mario Livio and James Manning, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
The People's Telescope: The Impact of Hubble on Culture

Alexander Geppert, Freie UniversitŐt Berlin
Myth Without Frontier? Outer Space and the European Imagination, 1923-1969

Session VI ­ Ideology and Space Advocacy ­ 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Session VI Chair: William Sims Bainbridge, National Science Foundation

Linda Billings, SETI Institute
Overview: Ideology, Advocacy, and Exploration

Wendell Mendell, NASA JSC
Space Activism as an Epiphanic Belief System

Taylor Dark, California State University, Los Angeles
Reclaiming the Future: The Space Program and the Idea of Progress

Chris Gainor, University of Alberta
The U.S. Space Movement and Space Program Opposition

Closing Keynote ­ 12:30–1:00 p.m.

M. G. Lord
Are We a Spacefaring Species? Acknowledging Our Physical Fragility as a First Step to Transcending It

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