Atmospheric Science at NASA
By (author) Erik M. Conway
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Atmospheric Science at NASA by Erik M. Conway
Book DescriptionThis book offers an informed and revealing account of NASA's involvement in the scientific understanding of the Earth's atmosphere. Since the nineteenth century, scientists have attempted to understand the complex processes of the Earth's atmosphere and the weather created within it. This effort has evolved with the development of new technologies-from the first instrument-equipped weather balloons to multibillion-dollar meteorological satellite and planetary science programs. Erik M. Conway chronicles the history of atmospheric science at NASA, tracing the story from its beginnings in 1958, the International Geophysical Year, through to the present, focusing on NASA's programs and research in meteorology, stratospheric ozone depletion, and planetary climates and global warming. But the story is not only a scientific one. NASA's researchers operated within an often politically contentious environment. Although environmental issues garnered strong public and political support in the 1970s, the following decades saw increased opposition to environmentalism as a threat to free market capitalism. Atmospheric Science at NASA critically examines this politically controversial science, dissecting the often convoluted roles, motives, and relationships of the various institutional actors involved-among them NASA, congressional appropriation committees, government weather and climate bureaus, and the military.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801889844
(229mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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"Anyone concerned about the state of democracy in America should read this book."-Al Gore
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Historians, along with participants in current aerospace research programs, will gain valuable perspective on the interaction of politics and technology.
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Author Biography - Erik M. Conway
Erik M. Conway is a historian at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, and author of High-Speed Dreams: NASA and the Technopolitics of Supersonic Transportation, 1945-1999 and Blind Landings: Low-Visibility Operations in American Aviation, 1918-1958, also published by Johns Hopkins.
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