The department learned late last week of the successful application of Petar Markovski for the 2013-2014 History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science, supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) History Division. The HSS/NASA Fellowship funds a nine-month research project that is related to any aspect of the history of space science, from the earliest human interest in space to the present. The program is broadly conceived and includes the social, cultural, institutional and personal context of space-science history. Peter's award will support the research and writing of his dissertation, titled “The Globalization of Space Science and Technology: The History of International and Transnational Cooperation at NASA and ESA.” In his dissertation, Petar examines the history of the emergence of transnational, cooperative practices in space science and exploration as national approaches became less and less appealing and viable in the post-Apollo era. In doing so, he will explore how NASA came to take a more significant role in framing international space aspirations and approaches. Although his research will primarily focus on American space efforts, he anticipates framing a comparative historical study of the ESA and NASA, in order to provide a fuller global context of the history of space science and technology cooperation. In part, the HSS/NASA funding will enable him to use archival sources at the NASA History headquarters in Washington, D.C. and the Historical Archives of the European Community at the European University Institute in Florence. Aside from the significance of the award for Petar’s own research, this is the second consecutive year that one of our students has been awarded the HSS/NASA Fellowship. [Jared Buss was the 2012-2013 Fellow, working on a dissertation focused on the work and world of the science writer and space promoter Willy Ley (1906-1969).]
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