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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


Selling nasa skylab student experiment project 1971 1974

Picture taken at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center



Selling nasa skylab student experiment project 1971 1974

The Competition Collection

- Over 87,000 students received project kits

- 301 out of 3409 proposals selected

- 25 national winners


Selling nasa skylab student experiment project 1971 1974

  • 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


Selling nasa skylab student experiment project 1971 1974

Los Angeles Times Collection, 20 Jan 1973



Selling nasa skylab student experiment project 1971 1974

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


Selling nasa skylab student experiment project 1971 1974

“...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


Selling nasa skylab student experiment project 1971 1974

Booklet from NASA CollectionHeadquarters Historical Reference Collection


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


Selling nasa skylab student experiment project 1971 1974

“...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


Selling nasa skylab student experiment project 1971 1974

Houston Chronicle, Collection 21 July 1972


Selling nasa skylab student experiment project 1971 1974

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


Selling nasa skylab student experiment project 1971 1974

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


Selling nasa skylab student experiment project 1971 1974

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