Ghosts in the machine: Space Junk and the Future of Earth Orbit

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Hundreds of millions of objects are orbiting our planet, 94 per cent of which are pure machine debris. Space archaeologist Alice Gorman, who is Senior Lecturer at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, takes this AD's investigations beyond the Earth's surface and out into the near universe – looking at the material and cultural implications of the status quo, and reflecting on possibilities for the years and centuries to come.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-111
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019


  • Van Allen Probes
  • Sputnik 1
  • Low earth orbit
  • graveyard orbit
  • Earth
  • Vanguard 1
  • SES-6
  • Space junk
  • spacescape


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