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A void has existed within the social sciences for over fifty years since the launch of the first Sputnik satellite in October 1957. This void delineates the boundaries of a missing field, a discipline capable of focusing on the relationship between social life and outer space. It is true that...
This article surveys a series of folk beliefs of currency at the time of the Apollo missions, that link space exploration with disastrous events occurring at the same time. Floods, droughts, earthquakes and conjunctivitis—all were blamed, by people pertaining to very different cultures, on the...
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is a human activity with profound implications for society and culture that fall within the purview of astrosociology. In this article, we review some of the astrosociological aspects of SETI and identify ways to seek evidence-based, rather...
This article reviews the recent book of the Aerospace Technology Working Group, Living in Space, from an anthropological (holistic social science) perspective. This perspective is used as a springboard for both a discussion of the future, and for a critique of, astrosociology—a field broadly...
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