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Selling NASA: Skylab Student Experiment Project (1971-1974). Y. H. Phoebe Tang M. Phil Candidate, Department of History The University of Hong Kong. Email: [email protected] Picture taken at Steven F. Udvar -Hazy Center. Poster from NASA Headquarters Historical Reference Collection.

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selling nasa skylab student experiment project 1971 1974

Selling NASA: Skylab Student Experiment Project(1971-1974)

Y. H. Phoebe Tang

M. Phil Candidate, Department of History

The University of Hong Kong

Email: [email protected]

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The Competition

- Over 87,000 students received project kits

- 301 out of 3409 proposals selected

- 25 national winners

slide5

Background of Skylab Student Experiment Project

  • NASA answering to public concerns and boosting public interest
  • Evaluating the Skylab Student Experiment Project
slide9

Students’ views towards space and science

1968

- Over 60 percent students viewed space program as correlated with US’ military race against Soviet Union

- Space program to keep US as number one superpower

- Appropriations to be spent on social problems

Late 1960s and early 1970s

- Enrollment in science classes dropped

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“...an unparalleled opportunity for direct public involvement in the values and benefits of the space program...”

- Dale D. Myers, Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight, 1971

students involvement
Students’ Involvement

- NASA advisor or a Principal Investigator

- 5-day Preliminary Design Review

- 2-day Critical Design Review

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“...an enriching and lasting experience...”

“...a feeling for the meaning of being a scientist.”

- Jeanne Leventhal, student investigator

“...renew interest in NASA and its activities...”

- Lee Summerlin,Associate Professor of

Chemistry and Science Education

1974 polls
1974 Polls

- Decreased spending in space

- Space exploration not in spending priorities

- Job training and pollution control

selling nasa skylab student experiment project 1971 19741

Selling NASA: Skylab Student Experiment Project(1971-1974)

Y. H. Phoebe Tang

M. Phil Candidate, Department of History

The University of Hong Kong

Email: [email protected]

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