First Decisions

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


As Reagan took office, the first flight of the space shuttle was approaching. That April 1981 flight was hailed as an indication of a resurgence in American greatness. During 1981, the Reagan administration, after a brief debate, endorsed the already-existing policy that the space shuttle as it became operational would launch all U.S. government payloads and would seek commercial and foreign users of its capabilities. Other NASA activities, particularly robotic exploration of the solar system, had their budgets reduced and even threatened with termination.

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

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