: J. LogsdonНазвание
: After Apollo?: Richard Nixon and the American Space ProgramИздательство
: Palgrave MacmillanГод
Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and TechnologyЯзык:
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The decision to develop a space shuttle was the culmination of the drama of post-Apollo space policymaking. The decision carried with it NASA's intent, once the shuttle entered operations, to seek presidential support for developing a space station launched in separate elements by the shuttle and assembled in orbit. Those two activities— developing and flying the space shuttle, then developing, assembling, and utilizing the space station—have dominated U.S. human space flight efforts for four decades after the last American astronaut left the Moon in December 1972. As Apollo 17 lifted off the lunar surface on December 14, 1972, President Nixon issued a statement saying "this may be the last time in this century that men will walk on the Moon." By the decisions he made between 1969 and 1972, Richard Nixon ensured that his forecast would come true.