Beyond the Atmosphere: Early Years of Space Science

 
 
CHAPTER 17
 
LEADERSHIP AND CHANGING TIMES
 
 
 
[283] Of all the responsibilities placed on the newly created National Aeronautics and Space Administration, perhaps the most obvious yet the most difficult to define was that of leadership. Glennan's leadership, embracing an enthusiasm for space research and exploration tempered by a willingness to build slowly and solidly, was ideal for getting the nation's space program under way. Space science managers were able to put together a wide-ranging program of earth and planetary sciences, solar physics and astronomy, and some space life sciences. Of equal importance, they were able to establish with the scientific community the kind of relationship that would draw researchers of high quality into the program.
 

 
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