“Follow Our Dreams to Distant Stars”

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


The White House decided to make “the second great goal” to be outlined in Reagan’s January 25, 1984, State of the Union speech developing “our next frontier: space.” Announcing his approval of the space station was central to this portion of Reagan’s address. In the run up to the speech, there was a last-minute decision to add an invitation to U.S. international allies to participate in the station program. There was even a brief thought of inviting the Soviet Union to participate, but that idea went nowhere. In his speech, Reagan said, “I am directing NASA to develop a permanently manned space station and to do it within a decade.”

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

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