Thesis ID: CBB930817598

For the Common Man: An Analysis of the United States Space and Rocket Center (2019)


Green, Patrice R. (Author)
Marsh, Allison (Advisor)

University of South Carolina
Marsh, Allison
Publication date: 2019
Language: English

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 49 pp.

The United States Space and Rocket Center functions as a case study on the rise of popular science in the 20th century America. The museum cultivated a national cultural identity formed during the International Space Race and fostered a growing narrative of a country focused on progress defined by advancements in science and technology rather than social cohesion. This paper outlines the Space and Rocket Center’s establishment, its interpretation of America’s space programs, and its role as a vessel for domesticated science. It also acknowledges the intersectional gaps in museum interpretation and discusses how the museum and its programs have become an integral part of the American popular science story.

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Authors & Contributors
Burgess, Colin
Blair, Don
Cheng, John
Ciancone, Michael L.
Compton, William David
Eisman, Gene
Journal of Social History
Space and Defense
University of Nebraska Press
University of Pennsylvania Press
National Geographic Society
Anthem Press
Space travel; space flight
Space programs
Space research and exploration
Rockets; rocketry
Science and politics
Armstrong, Neil
Bonestell, Chesley
Ley, Willy
Tereshkova, Valentina
Von Braun, Wernher
Goddard, Robert Hutchings
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
20th century, early
United States
Soviet Union
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Project Apollo (NASA)
United States Air Force (USAF)
United States Navy
United States. Department of Defense
United States Space Force (USSF)

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