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Alice Gorman, aka @DrSpaceJunk

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One of our favorite tweeters, speakers, and thinkers, Alice Gorman, aka @DrSpaceJunk, has a brand new book in 2019. Publication date: April (Australia, New South Books) and October (USA, MIT Press).


From New South Books:
Going boldly forth as a pioneer in the fledgling field of space archaeology, Dr Alice Gorman (aka Dr Space Junk) turns the common perception of archaeology as an exploration of the ancient on its head. Her captivating inquiry into the most modern and daring of technologies spanning some 60 years — a mere speck in cosmic terms — takes the reader on a journey which captures the relics of space forays and uncovers the cultural value of detritus all too readily dismissed as junk.

In this book, she takes a physical journey through the solar system and beyond, and a conceptual journey into human interactions with space. Her tools are artifacts, historical explorations, the occasional cocktail recipe, and the archaeologist’s eye applied not only to the past, but the present and future as well.

Erudite and playful, Dr Space Junk reveals that space is not as empty as we might think. And that by looking up and studying space artifacts, we learn an awful lot about our own culture on earth. She helps us understand that objects from the past — the material culture produced by the Space Age and beyond — are so significant to us now because they remind us of what we might want to hold onto into the future.

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  • Is there an audio version of the book?

Recommended Listening
Archaeology and the Future – The Drawing Room
The truth about space junk – Conversations
What is the cultural significance of the moon landing 50 years on?

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Earlier Features
How to avoid sexist language in space – Dr Space Junk wields the red pen.


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July 20 and looking up at the moon


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