Since the dawn of spaceflight, advocates of a robust space effort have argued that human activity beyond Earth makes a significant difference in everyday life. Assertions abound about the “impact” of spaceflight on society and its relationship to the larger contours of human existence. Has the Space Age indeed had a significant effect on society? If so, what are those influences?
What do we mean by an “impact” on society? And what parts of society? Conversely, has society had any effect on spaceflight? What would be different had there been no Space Age? The purpose of the following books is to examine these and related questions through scholarly research, making use especially of the tools of the historian and the broader social sciences and humanities.
The three e-books were commissioned by NASA.