The story of America's half century in space exploration, from the successful launch of the first two-stage rocket in 1950 to the space shuttle missions of 2000. It shows how the space programme transformed the east central Florida coast from a traditional citrus production and tourist area into one of the most influential high-tech centres of the nation. Cape Canaveral was chosen as a missile launch site because of its many geographical advantages. However, in the early years of the space programme, the area was far from an ideal place for NASA employees to raise their families. NASA brought in thousands of space-related workers who, besides sending machines and men into space, had to meet the challenge of moving their families from urban environms to a rural southern county. This book recounts the parallel stories of the establishment of America's space programme and its impact on the development of Brevard County.
William Barnaby Faherty is professor emeritus of history at St. Louis University and director of the Museum of the Western Jesuit Missions in Hazelwood, Missouri. He is the author of 25 books, including Parks College: Legacy of an Aviation Pioneer and co-author of Gateway to the Moon and Moon Launch! with Charles D. Benson.