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Space Travel and Culture: From Apollo to Space Tourism
Edited by David Bell and Martin Parker
Explores the significance of the first Apollo moon landing and how the countless books, films, and products associated with factual space fiction had an affect on popular culture and artistic practice, but not social sciences and humanities
  • Investigates how a topic is hugely important in popular culture, but almost invisible in the academy, and how it makes us want to ask questions about visibility, or perhaps self-censorship
  • Evaluates how little impact the space age actually had on the social sciences and humanities - partly because its combination of military-industrial cold war politics, combined with patriarchy and big science, sits uneasily with contemporary thought in these areas
  • Provides an interdisciplinary collection of essays on various aspects of NASA, the moon landing, and the commercialization of space generally
  • The book travels from hard engineering to space romance, echoing the variety of attempts to blur science and culture

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