How did both real and imaginary spaceflight influence American pop-culture? Dr. Margaret A. Weitekamp knows, and is ready to share how our culture wouldn't be the same without it. Dr. Weitekamp serves as chair for the Space History department at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, and curates the Museum's social and cultural history of spaceflight collection, more than 50,000 artifacts that include both space memorabilia and space science fiction objects. These everyday mementos of the space age-- which include toys and games, medals and awards, buttons and pins, as well as comics and trading cards-- complete the story about spaceflight told by the Museum's collection of space hardware and technologies. Her newest book, “Space Craze: America's Enduring Fascination with Real and Imagined Spaceflight” (2022), is based on that work.
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