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Mirror vs. Wheel: Infrastructures in Earth Orbit and the Technopolitics of Outer Space before Apollo

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Alexander C.T. Geppert | Chair: Prof. Dr. Helmuth Trischler (LMU)

04.07.2019 at 18:30 

For about forty years, from the 1920s through the 1960s, landing on the moon was not the primary objective of human spaceflight. Rather, it was the prospect of positioning an inhabited outpost in Earth orbit that captured the imagination of experts and the public alike. A space station was considered an indispensable step towards a much anticipated future in the stars. In addition to providing a brief typology and conceptual genealogy, this talk historicizes space stations as the astrocultural showcase par excellence.

Alexander C.T. Geppert is Professor of European History at NYU in New York and NYU in Shanghai and currently Visiting Fellow at CAS.

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CAS, Seestraße 13, 80802 München

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