Thesis Proposal Presentation by Marc Fusco on March 8
Space Studies online master’s student, Marc Fusco, will give his thesis proposal presentation as follows. Please mark your calendars and show your support by attending.
When: Thursday, March 8th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Ryan Hall, Room 111
Title: Presidents, Politics, and Policy: How the Apollo and Space Shuttle Decisions Shaped NASA
I propose a study contrasting the space policy decisions made by Presidents John Kennedy and Richard Nixon that led to the Apollo and the Space Shuttle programs and how each decision resulted from a confluence of world events, presidential personalities, and domestic political pressures. These policy decisions directly shaped the nature of NASA's human spaceflight program in the short term, but had unintended consequences in the long term. While each decision produced spectacular results in the moon landings and in the space shuttle program, each decision affected NASA's ultimate growth and curtailed other space-related projects that had been proposed.
I intend to demonstrate, through the use of both primary and secondary historical and policy source materials, that the individual personalities of each president, especially how each reacted to domestic and international political and economic pressures, played a major role in the formulation of these space policy decisions. I also intend to examine how the presidential election of 1960 played a critical role in determining the focus of NASA's activities from the early 1960s to this day and how NASA is today still dealing with the legacy of these policy decisions.
Attendance via Connect-Pro: This presentation is not available via Connect-Pro.
There is a public live feed available in real time only at: http://realmedia.aero.und.edu/liveclass.html