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Dr Space Junk vs The Universe by Alice Gorman

Dr Space Junk vs The Universe

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Dr Space Junk vs The Universe by Alice Gorman
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Nov 10, 2020 | ISBN 9780262539654

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“With a light and conversational voice, Alice Gorman delivers piercing insights into the meaning of our various efforts to leave Earth behind, as well as an entertaining primer on how archaeologists work and what they can teach us. This book is a must read for anyone interested in both the past and the future of space exploration.” – Emily Lakdawalla, author of The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Does Its Job

“Alice Gorman‘s unique book is far more than a look at the space debris that is orbiting Earth; rather, this mesmerizing tour of human effects on our planetary space and on neighboring worlds will leave readers with a completely new sense of the solar system. Bravo!” – David J. Eicher, Editor-in-Chief, Astronomy Magazine

“Alice Gorman opens our eyes to the too-recent-to-be-appreciated artifacts of the space age, and points out their import and beauty. From the tens of thousands of macro-size objects orbiting Earth to the landers, rovers and other hardware abandoned on the moon and Mars, Gorman finds poetry and pertinence in the space age. Who knew the archaeology of the future is above our heads?” Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, Institute Fellow, SETI Institute

“Alice Gorman’s engaging meditation on the significance we give to space artifacts and space exploration challenges us to think about the cultural value of space junk. This book will be of interest not just to space enthusiasts but to all those fascinated by how humans give meaning to objects around them.” – Jonathan McDowell, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Table Of Contents

INTRODUCTION: LOOKING UP, LOOKING DOWN 1
On Earth as it is in heaven 3
A new era of space 9
Dr Space Junk’s tour of the solar system 12
CHAPTER 1: HOW I BECAME A SPACE ARCHAEOLOGIST 16
Outback and out of this world 17
The Moon in the living room 20
Venus in glasses 23
Archaeology or astrophysics? 25
Back to the past 30
Stories from stone 33
Lying in the gutter, looking up at the stars 37
Launching into orbit 41
CHAPTER 2: JOURNEY INTO SPACE 44
1940s: a rocket and a bomb 47
1950s: waging peace in the Cold War 51
1960s: … and all I got was this lousy dust 56
1970s: the backyard satellite 60
1980s: aiming for the planet of love 64
1990s: if Versace were to design a satellite 67
2000s: a tale of two Rosetta stones 69
2010s: the Starman cometh 73
The phases of the Space Age 76
CHAPTER 3: SPACE ARCHAEOLOGY BEGINS ON EARTH 79
The Cold War stayed for dinner 82
A space for children 87
The rocket park comes Down Under 90
The ultimate rocket playground 93
Cold War in the desert heat 96
How to forget your own Space Age 98
Valley of the cable ties 100
Artefact of the Space Age – or rubbish? 104
The story of a space age object 108
CHAPTER 4: JUNKYARD EARTH 114
One thousand elephants orbiting the earth 119
The cane toads of space 125
The cosmos in our backyard 131
Environmental management in space 135
What is dead can never die 141
‘And warm with human love the chill of space’ 143
CHAPTER 5: SHADOWS ON THE MOON 146
When birds migrated to the Moon 149
The children’s Moon 155
The Moon of science or the Moon of lovers? 157
The future of the lunar past 160
An ephemeral archaeology 166
A descent into darkness 169
Shadows and dust 174
The many-coloured Moon 179
CHAPTER 6: THE EDGE OF KNOWN SPACE 181
The new worlds 185
The archaeology of not-quite-there 192
The ghost in the machine 198
The place defined by wind 202
Beyond the morning star 206
CHAPTER 7: WHOSE SPACE IS IT ANYWAY? 212
The ‘sweet poison of the false infinite’ 213
Exteriores spatium nullius 217
Who has the rights to space? 223
A planet by any other name 226
Reflecting Earth in space 229
Contested territories 234
Lines on a map 241
CHAPTER 8: FUTURE ARCHAEOLOGY 244
True infinite 247
The body in the machine 252
Space marked by death 256
When life means gravity 260
The abandoned solar system 265
The Small Dance 274
SELECTED REFERENCES 276
INDEX 283

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