A Cowboy Comes to Washington

  • John M. Logsdon
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology book series (PSHST)


Ronald Reagan, an actor-turned politician, was elected U.S. president in November 1980. He brought to the presidency a belief in American exceptionalism, an optimistic view of the future, and a fascination with technological progress. Told that the U.S. civilian space program was at “crossroads,” there was a hope that Reagan would put it on a positive future path.

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  • John M. Logsdon
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  1. 1.Space Policy InstituteThe George Washington UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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