Dr. Howard McCurdy

Dr. Howard McCurdy is professor of public affairs at American University in Washington, D.C, currently on leave for one year at the University of Washington in Seattle. Author or co-author of six books on the U.S. space program, he is best known for his award winning Space and the American Imagination. He recently authored Faster, Better, Cheaper, a critical analysis of cost-cutting initiatives in the U.S. space program, while an earlier study of NASA’s organizational culture, Inside NASA, won the 1994 Henry Adams prize for that year’s best history on the federal government. He is currently working on a new book on human and robotic space flight. Professor McCurdy received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Washington and his doctorate from Cornell University.

Broadcast 932 (Special Edition)

Guests: Dr. Roger Launius and Dr. Howard McCurdy were the guests for this Space Show program to discuss their new book, "Robots In Space: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel." This was a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion about our present and future role in space, both with robotics and humans, then with some type of yet-to-be determined combination. One of the issues discussed was how to create a space program that could electrify the public as was the case with the early days of the Apollo program.

Broadcast 511 (Special Edition)

Professor Howard McCurdy was the guest for this Space Show program. We began the discussion with a critical view of the Vision for Space Exploration from the public policy perspective. This discussion paved the way for an examination of the relationship with the Vision, the Shuttle, ISS, science program funding within NASA, NASA management, and much more. We talked about the survivability of the Vision program based on the coming mid-term elections and the 2008 presidential elections. As a result of a listener question regarding a future Hilary Clinton as president, Dr.

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