Talking History – From Venus to Voyager: What Space Junk says about Humans beyond Earth

Dr Alice Gorman presents April’s Talking History lecture – From Venus to Voyager: What Space Junk says about Humans beyond Earth

Starting with the Vanguard 1 satellite, the oldest human object in space and 60 years old this year, Dr Space Junk takes us on an archaeological survey of the solar system which finishes with one of the most recent artefacts in space – Elon Musk’s red sports car.


This free public lecture is part of History Trust of South Australia’s Talking History series. Book online here

5.15pm for a 5.30pm start. Parking available on Torrens Parade Ground, off Victoria Drive. Refreshments will be provided. Wine sponsor – O’Leary Walker Wines.

Dr Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised leader in the field of space archaeology. She is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University, where she teaches the Archaeology of Modern Society. Her research focuses on the archaeology and heritage of space exploration, including space junk, planetary landing sites, off-earth mining, rocket launch pads and antennas. She is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Board of the Space Industry Association of Australia and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Her work is regularly published in The Best Australian Science Writing anthology, and 2017 she won the Bragg Prize in Science Writing. She tweets as @drspacejunk and blogs at Space Age Archaeology.

*Title image courtesy of The New Yorker. Illustration by Chloe Scheffe Photographs by GraphicaArtis / Getty, Stocktrek Images, Inc. / Alamy, Everett, Philipp Guelland / Getty, DeAgostini / Getty, Ashton Claridge / Flinders University, and NASA / Wikimedia Commons.