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Florida's Space Coast By William B. Faherty

Florida's Space Coast

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The story of America's half century in space exploration, from the successful launch of the first two-stage rocket in 1950 to the space shuttle missions of 2000. It shows how the space programme transformed the east central Florida coast into one of the high-tech centres of the nation.

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Florida's Space Coast: The Impact of NASA on the Sunshine State by William B. Faherty

The story of America's half century in space exploration, from the successful launch of the first two-stage rocket in 1950 to the space shuttle missions of 2000. It shows how the space programme transformed the east central Florida coast from a traditional citrus production and tourist area into one of the most influential high-tech centres of 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 programme, 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 environms to a rural southern county. This book recounts the parallel stories of the establishment of America's space programme and its impact on the development of Brevard County.

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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. Faherty's writing is direct, simple, even folksy at times. I devoured it!"" - Michael Gannon, author of Pearl Harbor Betrayed and A Short History of Florida

About William B. Faherty


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. He is the author of 25 books, including Parks College: Legacy of an Aviation Pioneer and co-author of Gateway to the Moon and Moon Launch! with Charles D. Benson.

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GOR005358308
Florida's Space Coast: The Impact of NASA on the Sunshine State by William B. Faherty
William B. Faherty
The Florida History and Culture Series
Used - Very Good
Hardback
University Press of Florida
2002-12-31
208
081302563X
9780813025636
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