Fellowship in Aerospace History Recipients
The Fellowship in Aerospace History, supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), annually funds one or more research projects for six to nine months. Proposals for advanced research in history related to all aspects of aerospace, from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, are eligible, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of science, engineering, and management. The fellowship is open to applicants who already hold a doctoral degree in history or a closely related field, as well as those who have completed all course work for a doctoral degree-granting program.
2015 NASA Fellowship
Colleen Anderson, “Two Kinds of Infinity”: East Germany, West Germany, and the Cold War Cosmos
Anderson’s work is a social and technological history of space exploration in the understudied context of a divided German society. Anderson uses a broad range of German-language archival sources to show the ways in which East and West Germans were actively engaged in the space race. Her research examines not only German reactions to the American and Soviet space programs, but also how space exploration was conceived of in the “imagination” of science fiction and fan clubs.