A Forecast of Space Technology 1980-2000,
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC
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The purpose of this document is to forecast the future of space technology in the United States during the last quarter of this century. Through science and technology, we have the means for ennobling the life styles of humanity and answering the questions which human beings have asked throughout history. Or, we have the means for global destruction. As ever, civilization and society are on trial, confronted with crises in population growth, natural resources, energy, pollution, and worldwide social, political, and economic unrest. With the dramatic space accomplishments of the United States during the past decade, this is an appropriate time to assess the position of the space program and its technology vis-a-vis the needs and hopes of the American and global societies during the next few decades.
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