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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

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

Erik M. Conway

The MIT Press

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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