Forthcoming book from an esteemed member of our board, John Logsdon
From the Palgrave Macmillan website:
“After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program”
By John M. Logsdon
Hardcover (352 pages)
Forthcoming April 2015
On July 20, 1969, U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong took ‘one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.’ The success of the Apollo 11 mission satisfied the goal that had been set by President John F. Kennedy just over eight years earlier – ‘before this decade is out, landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.’ It also raised the question ‘What do you do next, after landing on the Moon?’It fell to President Richard M. Nixon to answer this question. After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program traces in detail how Nixon and his associates went about developing their response. The decisions made then have defined the U.S. program of human space flight well into the twenty-first century. Those choices have thus had a much more lasting impact than did John Kennedy’s 1961 decision to go to the Moon. The factors leading to Kennedy’s decision are well understood, but that is not the case with respect to space policy-making under President Nixon. This study provides that understanding, and thus fills in the details of a crucial period in the history of the United States space program, and particularly of its human space flight element.
About the author: John M. Logsdon is a world-recognized scholar and analyst of space issues. He pioneered the study of the ‘policy history’ of the U.S. space program with his seminal The Decision to Go to the Moon: Project Apollo and the National Interest (MIT Press, 1970). His recent Palgrave book ,John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon (2010) received a wide variety of positive reviews and was the 2012 winner of the AIAA Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Award and the American Astronautical Society Emme Award for Astronautical Literature. Dr. Logsdon is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and was the founder and long-time Director of GW’s Space Policy Institute. He was a member of the NASA Advisory Council from 2005-2009, and in 2003 he served as a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. He is a recipient of the Exceptional Public Service, Distinguished Public Service, and Public Service Medals from NASA, the 2005 John F. Kennedy Astronautics Award from the American Astronautical Society, the 2006 Barry Goldwater Space Educator Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the 2013 Frank Malina Space Educator Award from the International Astronautical Federation.