Fellowship in Aerospace History Recipients
The Fellowship in Aerospace History, supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), annually funds one or more research projects for six to nine months. Proposals for advanced research in history related to all aspects of aerospace, from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, are eligible, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of science, engineering, and management. The fellowship is open to applicants who already hold a doctoral degree in history or a closely related field, as well as those who have completed all course work for a doctoral degree-granting program.
2013 NASA Fellowship
Andrew Leslie Jenks, Stepping Back from the Brink: Transnational Encounters in Space
Jenks’s research examines the political and cultural significance of three collaborative efforts in space exploration during the late Cold War, from both the Soviet and American perspectives: the Apollo-Soyuz mission, the Interkosmos missions between the Soviet Union and its political allies from 1978 to 1988, and the formation of the Association of Space Explorers in 1985. Jenks’s transnational study of space cooperation examines the tension between “cosmopolitics,” the view of space as an extension of national power politics on Earth, and the experience of universal connectedness that the view from space seemed to foster. Jenks argues that space flight was the beginning of a new and ecologically aware period of human development.