Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology

Limiting Outer Space

Astroculture After Apollo

Editors: Geppert, Alexander C.T. (Ed.)

  • Second volume in the European Astroculture trilogy
  • Propels the historicization of outer space by focusing on the 1970s, the Post-Apollo era of crisis and reconfiguration
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  • Utiliises an international and transdisciplinary perspective to explore the cultural history of outer space
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Limiting Outer Space propels the historicization of outer space by focusing on the Post-Apollo period. After the moon landings, disillusionment set in. Outer space, no longer considered the inevitable destination of human expansion, lost much of its popular appeal, cultural significance and political urgency. With the rapid waning of the worldwide Apollo frenzy, the optimism of the Space Age gave way to an era of space fatigue and planetized limits. Bringing together the history of European astroculture and American-Soviet spaceflight with scholarship on the 1970s, this cutting-edge volume examines the reconfiguration of space imaginaries from a multiplicity of disciplinary perspectives. Rather than invoking oft-repeated narratives of Cold War rivalry and an escalating Space Race, Limiting Outer Space breaks new ground by exploring a hitherto underrated and understudied decade, the Post-Apollo period.

About the authors

Alexander C.T. Geppert is Associate Professor of History and European Studies and Global Network Associate Professor at New York University Shanghai as well as NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies in New York City. From 2010 to 2016 he directed the Emmy Noether research group ‘The Future in the Stars: European Astroculture and Extraterrestrial Life in the Twentieth Century’ at Freie Universität Berlin.

Reviews

“Limiting Outer Space illustrates the rich possibilities of seeing spaceflight and astroculture as integral components of the pivotal decade of the 1970s. Representing an array of disciplines and geographies, the authors in this volume collectively complement and amend previous understandings of the cultural and geopolitical transitions of the age. Highly recommended for its broad scope and well crafted essays!” (Emily S. Rosenberg, University of California, Irvine, USA)

“This is a highly original volume on the surprising lull in space exploration during the crisis-ridden 1970s. The particular value of its multinational chapters lies in their transdisciplinary investigation of how the end of the Apollo moon landings coincided with a growing disillusionment of space imaginaries during the onset of globalization.” (Konrad H. Jarausch, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA)

“For ages, mankind envisioned venturing to the moon. Surprisingly, once that vision was realized, popular fascination with spaceflight vanished quickly. The stars became disenchanted, and Spaceship Earth began to mirror itself with thousands of satellites instead. From perspectives as diverse as geopolitics, architecture and law, this intriguing volume outlines continuities and transformations of astroculture during the Post-Apollo era. It offers thought-provoking insights by adding a third dimension to the more than ambivalent 1970s and 1980s.” (Dirk van Laak, Universität Leipzig, Germany)

“This provocative yet deeply researched collection of essays edited by Alexander Geppert reveals the profound connection between the climacteric of manned space flight after Apollo 11 and the onrush of globalization in the 1970s. Pausing after the moon landing in its cosmic quest, humanity, as it were, deepened its global connections; and this book opens up that hitherto unexplored linkage.” (Charles S. Maier, Harvard University, USA)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • The Post-Apollo Paradox: Envisioning Limits During the Planetized 1970s

    Geppert, Alexander C. T.

    Pages 3-26

  • The 1970s: Spaceflight and Historically Interpreting the In-Between Decade

    Collins, Martin

    Pages 29-49

  • Responding to Apollo: America’s Divergent Reactions to the Moon Landings

    Launius, Roger D.

    Pages 51-77

  • A Grounding in Space: Were the 1970s a Period of Transition in Britain’s Exploration of Outer Space?

    Millard, Doug

    Pages 79-99

  • The Myth of Progress: 2001 – A Space Odyssey

    Poole, Robert

    Pages 103-129

Buy this book

eBook £70.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-36916-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £88.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-36915-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Limiting Outer Space
Book Subtitle
Astroculture After Apollo
Editors
  • Alexander C.T. Geppert
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-36916-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-36916-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-36915-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 367
Number of Illustrations
38 b/w illustrations
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