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Florida's Space Coast: The Impact of NASA on the Sunshine State (Florida History and Culture)by William Barnaby Faherty
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"An important, interesting study of the relations between the Kennedy Space Center and the communities of Brevard County, Florida."--Roger D. Launius, chief historian, NASA, Washington, D.C.
"This outstanding book provides readers of Florida history our first insight into the impact that high technology has had on the state. Brevard County is a veritable laboratory for understanding what happens when space science and engineering put down roots in a wilderness setting. Faherty's writing is direct, simple, even folksy at times. I devoured it!"--Michael Gannon, author of <i>Pearl Harbor Betrayed</i> and <i>A Short History of Florida</i>
<i>Florida’s Space Coast</i> tells the compelling story of America's half century in space exploration, from the successful launch of the first two-stage rocket in 1950 through the latest space shuttle missions of 2000. Told from the unique viewpoint of the people who built the Spaceport, this book shows how the space program transformed the east central Florida coast from a traditional citrus production and tourist area to one of the most influential high-tech centers in the nation.
Cape Canaveral was chosen as a missile launch site because of its many geographical advantages. However, in the early years of the space program, the area was far from an ideal place for NASA employees to raise their families. NASA brought in thousands of space-related workers, who, besides sending machines and men into space, had to meet the challenge of moving their families from urban environs to a rural southern county. This book engagingly recounts the parallel stories of the establishment of America's space program and its impact on the development of Brevard County.
William Barnaby Faherty is professor emeritus of history at St. Louis University and director of the Museum of the Western Jesuit Missions in Hazelwood, Missouri.
Book News Annotation:
Offering a side-by-side chronicle of America's space program and the rural Florida county which was transformed into a influential high- tech center, Faherty (history, St. Louis U.) covers the period from the first successful launch of a two-stage rocket in 1950 through the latest shuttle missions of 2000. The study focuses on NASA's lasting impact on the southern Florida coast, beginning when space technology and thousands of NASA families began flowing into the area in the 1950s. The study is the twenty fifth volume in a series devoted to Florida history and culture. The book includes a few black and white photos. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. -198) and index.
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