Spies and Shuttles: NASA's Secret Relationships with the DoD and CIA

Book cover: Spies and Shuttles

Spies and Shuttles: NASA's Secret Relationships with the DoD and CIA,

University Press of Florida,

2015, 6.125 x 9.25 inches, 370 pages.

Hardcover: ISBN 978-0-8130-4967-0, $50

by James E. David

In this real life spy saga, James David digs through newly declassified documents to ultimately reveal how NASA became a strange bedfellow to the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Central Intelligence Agency. Beginning with the establishment of NASA in 1958, he follows the agency through its growth, not only in scope but also in complexity, exposing the ties between spaceflight and the intelligence community that have historically remained unexplored.

David tracks NASA's early cooperation--supplying cover stories for covert missions, analyzing the Soviet space program, providing weather and other scientific data from its satellites, and monitoring missile tests--and reveals how these extensive interactions eventually devolved into NASA's reliance on DoD for political and financial support for the Shuttle. This riveting book aptly demonstrates that the hidden connections between these entities were far greater and deeper than previously known.