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Destined for the Stars: Faith, the Future, and America's Final Frontier
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Catherine L. Newell
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Destined for the Stars: Faith, the Future, and America's Final Frontier

Catherine L. Newell



History of the Americas;
Mathematics & Sciences;
History of science;
Astronomy, space & time;
Popular astronomy & space


277 pages

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Where did humanity get the idea that outer space is a frontier waiting to be explored? Destined for the Stars considers the way in which a scientific idea often owes its genesis to the religious history of the culture from which it came. Catherine Newell examines the popularization of the science of space exploration in America between 1944 and 1955. She argues that the success of the US space program was due not to technological or economic superiority but was sustained by a culture that had long believed it was called by God to settle new frontiers and prepare for the inevitable end of time, God's final judgment.

By:   Catherine L. Newell
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9780822945567
ISBN 10:   0822945568
Pages:   277
Publication Date:   June 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Catherine L. Newell is a scholar of both the phenomenology of religion and the history of science. Her research focuses on the conjoined histories of religion and science, technology, and medicine; she is particularly interested in how scientific paradigms frequently owe their genesis to a religious idea or spiritual belief.

This is a stunning book about faith in a glorious future, nostalgia for a heroic past, and an ever-present quest to become a multiplanetary species. Catherine Newell reveals that support for human space exploration is often about a 'higher purpose'; it inspires faith, worship, reverence, alternative futures, and a quest for secular immortality. A fascinating contribution to the history of spaceflight. --Roger Launius, former chief historian of NASA Destined for the Starsis well conceived, splendidly narrated, and cleverly argued. It makes a genuine contribution to both the history of science and technology and American religious history, with rare potential to change one of the shibboleths of American popular and scholarly history--that America embarked on space exploration to beat the Soviet Union to the moon. --James Hudnut-Beumler, Vanderbilt University

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