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Science and Technology in the Global Cold War$
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Naomi Oreskes and John Krige

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027953

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027953.001.0001

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Bringing NASA Back to Earth:

Bringing NASA Back to Earth:

A Search for Relevance during the Cold War

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(p.251) 8 Bringing NASA Back to Earth
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Science and Technology in the Global Cold War
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Erik M. Conway

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027953.003.0008

During the Cold War, NASA became the largest funder of climate research in the United States, and a major player in the Earth sciences more generally. When NASA was created after the launch of Sputnik, though, Congress gave the agency a very limited role in atmospheric science. But as the Cold War waxed and waned, the agency gained for itself a much broader “mission,” to study the Earth, with profound consequences for the Earth and planetary sciences.

Keywords:   NASA, Earth science, Cold War science, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, science applications

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