Talk:Space Age

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Why the buried discussion of ballistic missiles and spy satellites? The space race was first and foremost a byproduct of the cold war.LeadSongDog come howl 18:48, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

Deleted line "This is in stark contrast to those who believe we are still in The Dark Ages, as stated by Kurt Vonnegut" in the first paragraph as it seems Kurt Vonnegut was more making a statement about human beings being isolated rather than making a statement about the immaturity of our technology, so it didnt really seem relevant. 20:19, 18 May 2010.

Move discussion in progress[edit]

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Definition of space age and associated boundaries[edit]

This article needs some references to solid sources (ideally academic papers) on the definition, scope and boundaries (beginning and end) of the Space Age. The beginning of the Space Age is clearly defined (with minor debate), however the article leaves completely open the question of whether the Space Age is still existant.

The beginning of the Space age was defined by a technological achievement. However the Space Age era encompasses the socio-politcal changes that were trigged by the first satellite in space. The contemporary view appears to be that the "Space Age" is seen as a retrospective era, mostly related to 1950s-1970s technologies and socio-politics of the cold war driven space race.

This contemporary view is reflected in publications such as "No Requieum for the Space Age".

A litmus test would be to judge if the adjectival form and example given by the OED "Very modern; technologically advanced: a space-age control room" is still relevant. If you polled people in the street what their perception of a "space age control room" is, would they say "very modern", or "very retro with lots of flashing lights and black and white screens"?

As such, I believe that the article should have a section with views on whether the Space Age still exists within the context of the narrow, open ended dictionary definition of 1957-present, being "The era starting when the exploration of space became possible" (Oxford English Dictionary), or whether the Space Age was a socio-political era that ended along with the cold war.

I'm writing all of this on the talk page only as I'm not an expert on the subject and don't have the time to do the research of reliable sources to generate the quality requried for publication in the article. I'm hoping that others interested in this subject will take the lead in presenting in a balanced way in the article a section on whether the Space Age still exists, and if not, when reliable sources considered that the era finished. Savlonn (talk) 10:40, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

Orphaned references in Space Age[edit]

I check pages listed in Category:Pages with incorrect ref formatting to try to fix reference errors. One of the things I do is look for content for orphaned references in wikilinked articles. I have found content for some of Space Age's orphans, the problem is that I found more than one version. I can't determine which (if any) is correct for this article, so I am asking for a sentient editor to look it over and copy the correct ref content into this article.

Reference named "Beischer1962":

I apologize if any of the above are effectively identical; I am just a simple computer program, so I can't determine whether minor differences are significant or not. AnomieBOT 20:38, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

"Space Age" the Company[edit]

Have removed the "This article is about the era; for the company "Space Age Electronics".. section, as it's essentially just a thinly-disguised advert for the company in question. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:29, 28 September 2016 (UTC)