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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: phoebemus@gmail.com. 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 Poster from NASA Headquarters Historical Reference Collection.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: phoebemus@gmail.com


Picture taken at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center



The Competition Collection

- Over 87,000 students received project kits

- 301 out of 3409 proposals selected

- 25 national winners


  • Background of Skylab Student CollectionExperiment Project

  • NASA answering to public concerns and boosting public interest

  • Evaluating the Skylab Student Experiment Project


I background of the skylab student experiment project
I. Background Collectionof the Skylab Student Experiment Project


Los Angeles Times Collection, 20 Jan 1973



Students’ views towards space and science Collection

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


Ii nasa answering to public concerns and boosting public interest
II. CollectionNASA answering to public concerns and boosting public interest


“...an Collectionunparalleled 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 Collection

- NASA advisor or a Principal Investigator

- 5-day Preliminary Design Review

- 2-day Critical Design Review


Booklet from NASA CollectionHeadquarters Historical Reference Collection


Iii evaluating the skylab student experiment project
III. Evaluating the CollectionSkylab Student Experiment Project


“...an Collectionenriching 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


Houston Chronicle, Collection 21 July 1972


http:// Collectionhistory.nasa.gov/EP-177/ch5-3.html


Washington Star-News, Collection27 July 1973


1974 polls
1974 CollectionPolls

- Decreased spending in space

- Space exploration not in spending priorities

- Job training and pollution control


Conclusion
Conclusion Collection


http:// Collectionwww.youtube.com/user/spacelab


Selling nasa skylab student experiment project 1971 19741

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

Y. H. Phoebe Tang

M. Phil Candidate, Department of History

The University of Hong Kong

Email: phoebemus@gmail.com


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