Imagining Outer Space

Imagining Outer Space

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Imagining Outer Space makes a captivating advance into the cultural history of outer space and extraterrestrial life in the European imagination. How was outer space conceived and communicated? What promises of interplanetary expansion and cosmic colonization propelled the project of human spaceflight to the forefront of twentieth-century modernity? In what way has West-European astroculture been affected by the continuous exploration of outer space? Tracing the current thriving interest in spatiality to early attempts at exploring imaginary worlds beyond our own, the book's authors analyze contact points between science and fiction from a transdisciplinary perspective and examine sites and situations where utopian images and futuristic technologies contributed to the omnipresence of fantasmatic thought. Bringing together state-of-the-art work in this emerging field of historical research, the volume breaks new ground in the historicization of the Space Age.included a schematic diagram in the top left on the Pioneer plaque (Figure 15.3), which represents the hyperfine transition of neutral atomic hydrogen in order to specify units of length (21 cm) and time (1420 MHz).20 It was assumed by theanbsp;...

Title:Imagining Outer Space
Author: Alexander C.T. Geppert
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2012-02-15

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