In over 60 years of space exploration, humanity has left objects and traces strewn from Earth orbit to interstellar space. They form an archaeological record that we can interrogate for what it tells us about human engagement with space beyond Earth. These spacecraft and places – such as the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon – are also our cultural heritage. Taking a heritage perspective means seeing this record as far more than just discarded junk. It speaks directly to how we can make sense of our place in the solar system.
Dr Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised leader in the field of space archaeology. Her research focuses on the archaeology and heritage of space exploration, including space junk, planetary landing sites, off-earth mining, space habitats, rocket launch pads and antennas. She is an Associate Professor at Flinders University in Adelaide and a heritage consultant with over 25 years’ experience working with Indigenous communities in Australia. In collaboration with NASA and Chapman University, she is conducting the first archaeological study of the International Space Station. She is a mentor in the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs Space4Women Mentor Network. Her book Dr Space Junk vs the Universe: Archaeology and the Future (MIT Press, 2019) won the NIB Literary Award People’s Choice for Non-Fiction and the John Mulvaney Book Award. She tweets as @drspacejunk and blogs at Space Age Archaeology.
Date: Monday 3 August
Time: 6:30pm (join in via Zoom at 6:20pm)
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