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Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the Future

Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the Future (Hardback)

By Gorman, Alice
Foreword by Roberts, Adam

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A pioneering space archaeologist explores artifacts left behind in space and on Earth, from moon dust to Elon Musk's red sportscar. Alice Gorman is a space archaeologist: she examines the artifacts of human encounters with space. These objects, left behind on Earth and in space, ...can be massive (dead satellites in eternal orbit) or tiny (discarded zip ties around a defunct space antenna). They can be bold (an American flag on the moon) or hopeful (messages from Earth sent into deep space). They raise interesting questions: Why did Elon Musk feel compelled to send a red Tesla into space? What accounts for the multiple rocket-themed playgrounds constructed after the Russians launched Sputnik? Gorman-affectionately known as Dr. Space Junk -takes readers on a journey through the solar system and beyond, deploying space artifacts, historical explorations, and even the occasional cocktail recipe in search of the ways that we make space meaningful. Engaging and erudite, Gorman recounts her background as a (nonspace) archaeologist and how she became interested in space artifacts. She shows us her own piece of space junk: a fragment of the fuel tank insulation from Skylab, the NASA spacecraft that crash landed in Western Australia in 1979. She explains that the conventional view of the space race as the triumph of the white, male American astronaut seems inadequate; what really interests her, she says, is how everyday people engage with space. To an archaeologist, objects from the past are significant because they remind us of what we might want to hold on to in the future.
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ISBN 9780262043434
Released NZ 15 Sep 2019
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Format Hardback
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Series The MIT Press
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ISBN-13 9780262043434
Stock Available
Status Pre-order title, release date has been delayed
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Imprint MIT Press
Released 15 Sep 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Gorman, Alice
Foreword by Roberts, Adam
Series The MIT Press
Category Archaeological Methodology & Techniques
Popular Astronomy
Space Travel & Exploration
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 629.4
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Cultural property, Space debris, Space archaeology
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade