Footprints of Outer Space on Earth
All space science research is based within our terrestrial environments. Pictures of galaxies are developed from data gathered at telescopes in deserts; rockets send payloads into orbit and beyond from launch sites that are selected for their locations. In this talk Eleanor Armstrong explored some of the entanglements between humanity’s engagement in outer space and the terrestrial environments in which they take place, developing a critical framework that helps foreground that outer space is always already happening here on Earth.
About the Speaker
Eleanor Armstrong (she/her) is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Delaware (UD), where she researches the terrestrial geographies of outer space. Her work focuses critical queer, feminist approaches to space sciences, including their representation in cultural institutions in her doctoral research at UCL (University College London), the local communities and environments proximate to research sites at UD, and speculative futures of consent and intimacy in interplanetary living.
About the Series
Now combined with our Saturday Speaker Series, Lunchtime Lectures take a rigorous and entertaining approach to exploring topics for scholars and anyone interested in stories about the history of science. The talks help expand perceptions of the nature of science and how it’s done. This season, we’re showcasing historians and scientists whose work analyzes the past, present, and future of environmental science.