Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Haley Reading Group: “Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos”
[The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2018)]
In “Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos,” Dovey focuses on the work of Alice Gorman, a space archeologist. According to Gorman, we should treat “space as a cultural landscape with richly layered scientific, political, and religious meanings, instead of an empty vacuum that anybody…can venture into with impunity” (142).
Dovey focuses on the lengths Gorman must take in order to study the materials left over from the space age. Since Gorman cannot do fieldwork in space, she must be creative in her attempts often studying left over debris in order to single out satellites to connect the “dots of our history in space in ways non-specialists can understand” (144).
What is one important way that you shifted, expanded, or at least reconsidered your views of space as a result of reading this article?