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Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
School of Communication Studies
This study researches and discusses the discourse surrounding the retirement of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s manned space shuttle program in 2011, drawing conclusions about the public’s reaction towards the event. This study first examines framing as a method for understanding how information gets coded in people’s brains, and then gives a brief history of the space shuttle program and its cancellation. It then analyzes the rhetoric presented to the public through the three most popular newspapers by website traffic to understand the public’s reaction towards this event, and draws conclusions about the likely effect of those reactions on future NASA space exploration.
Lepp, Nicholas J., "Media framing and the cancellation of NASA's space shuttle program" (2017). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current. 316.