Space Junk: What To Do About Waste In Space

Lisa Ruth Rand
Like industries on earth, the space industry also generates waste. Join science historian and space junk expert Lisa Ruth Rand to explore how space junk became a threat and to discuss the challenges faced by those who wish to fix the problem.
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Join historian of science Lisa Rand as we discuss the history of satellites and how their byproducts - "space junk" - have become a threat.Event Description: Overhead and out of sight, an infrastructure of satellites supports the globally connected society in which we currently live. Like any industry on the ground, however, the space industry has also produced waste byproducts that circulate alongside our valuable satellites. In this fascinating talk with historian of science Lisa Rand, we will discuss the history of how space junk became a threat, examine the non-human forces in space and on Earth that have played an important role in this history, and explore the challenges faced by those who wish to fix the problem. Event Location: This event will take place online via Zoom, a free video-conferencing tool. New to Zoom? After you buy your ticket, you'll receive an email with step-by-step instructions on how to use it, and you'll be a pro in no time!Lisa’s Bio: Lisa Ruth Rand is a historian of science, technology, and the environment, with a primary interest in discarded and decaying things. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Science History Institute. Her first book project, currently in progress, explores the history of space junk, tracing the Cold War transformation of Earth orbit from a boundless expanse to a limited natural resource.Lisa earned her PhD in history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania. She recently held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Center for the Humanities and served as a program coordinator and postdoctoral fellow in residence at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine. She has also held positions at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the RAND Corporation.About Speakeasy: Speakeasy offers intimate events with compelling speakers and performers online via Zoom. Learn more about Speakeasy, and check out all of our events.

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