Thesis ID: CBB298539609

Mosquito Beaters and Rockets: Cape Canaveral's People and Technology from Orange Groves to Apollo (2021)


Rachael Leigh Kirschenmann (Author)
Zeller, Thomas (Advisor)

University of Maryland, College Park
Zeller, Thomas
Publication date: 2021
Language: English

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 107

The Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral holds a unique place in American memory as the launch site for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), but the space center was not constructed out of a wilderness. This thesis looks at the communities that called North Merritt Island home prior to the arrival of NASA in the early 1960s, in particular the citrus workers and growers who were displaced via eminent domain to make room for the space center. It examines the technology-in-use as employed by citrus workers alongside the technology of the Apollo Program, and considers the implications on the broader community in Brevard County.

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Authors & Contributors
Benson, Charles D.
Faherty, William Barnaby
Berman, Bob
Bizony, Piers
Burgess, Colin
Butler, Orville R.
Agricultural History
Technology and Culture
Technology's Stories
University Press of Florida
Cambridge University Press
Harvard University Press
Lyons Press
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Space programs
Space travel; space flight
Space research and exploration
Mueller, George Edwin
Phillips, Samuel Cochrane
Webb, James Edwin
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
United States
Florida (U.S.)
Soviet Union
California (U.S.)
Project Apollo (NASA)
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
John F. Kennedy Space Center
United States Navy
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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