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To touch the face of God : the sacred, the profane and the American space program, 1957-1975

Author: Kendrick Oliver
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2013.
Series: New series in NASA history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth ..." In 1968 the world watched as Earth rose over the moonscape, televised from the orbiting Apollo 8 mission capsule. Radioing back to Houston on Christmas Eve, astronauts recited the first ten verses from the book of Genesis. In fact, many of the astronauts found space flight to be a religious experience. To Touch the Face of God is the first book-length  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kendrick Oliver
ISBN: 9781421407883 1421407884 9781421408347 1421408341
OCLC Number: 794227950
Description: xiii, 229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The blasphemy of going up --
A power greater than any of us : religion and secularity in the formation of the American space program --
Signals of transcendence : the rise and fall of space-age theology --
Into the other world : anticipations of spaceflight as religious experience --
Perhaps a meaning to us : the Apollo missions as religious experience --
Evil triumphs when good men do nothing : religious Americans and NASA in the autumn of the space age --
Epilogue.
Series Title: New series in NASA history.
Responsibility: Kendrick Oliver.

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Oliver's study is rigorous and detailed but contemplative in its approach, examining the larger meanings of mankind's first adventures in "the heavens."  Read more...

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