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Dr Space Junk vs The Universe by Gorman; Alice

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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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