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Theorising Space Archaeology

There’s a thought-provoking post on Space Archaeology about how you define the term Space Archaeology. I’ve generally just thought of it as the archaeology of remains associated with spaceflight, but I’ve never seen the need to give the definition...

Re-thinking the archaeology of Mars

I’ve been rummaging through the depths of my hard-drive and found a few things I’d forgotten about. Here’s one of them, from 2006 I see, a presentation on the contemporary archaeology of Mars. The reason I’ve pulled it up is I might want to go...

Happy Birthday Ariane

I missed this, the ESA put out the video on their YouTube channel before Christmas, but if I keep quiet about that maybe no one will notice. Ariane is now 30 years old. ESA celebrates 30 years of Ariane. The first Ariane launched from Kourou in French Guiana on...

Local Archaeology at the river Trent

A couple of years ago Martin Rundkvist pulled together a series of blog posts from around the world under the heading The Ever-Present Past: Your Nearest Site. My nearest site is probably an air-raid shelter from the Second World War, but despite three trips I...

Junk or Heritage?

Vanguard. Photo:Nasa Following a tip by Dr Space Junk, I bought a copy of this month’s National Geographic US. In the Space section there’s a page on the problem of space junk. Currently there’s around 13,000 pieces of man-made debris being tracked...