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Far Beyond the Moon


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Karin Nickelsen is professor of the history of science at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. David P. D. Munns is associate professor of history at John Jay College, City University of New York. He is the author of A Single Sky: How an International Community Forged the Science of Radio Astronomy.


"In telling the history of human space flight from the 'bottom up'--from a focus on human waste as opposed to human wits--Munns and Nickelson offer an insightful look at Soviet and US experiments in interstellar sustainability. They describe experiments with closed systems in refreshingly open ways that illustrate how this unglamorous research captured imaginations beyond space agencies, including science fiction authors and projects like Biosphere 2." --Lisa Messeri, author of Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds

"This book is a powerful and much-needed antidote to 'macho' histories of the Space Age. In place of shining rockets and square-jawed astronauts, Munns and Nickelsen give us a masterful guide to the earthier aspects of humankind's attempts to live in space. Insightful, witty, and richly detailed, this study shows us that the problems of sanitation and waste management have been every bit as important to our conquest of space as rocket technology and moon walks." --Joshua Nall, author of News from Mars: Mass Media and the Forging of a New Astronomy, 1860-1910
"This book tells an intriguing and salient story of the history of planning for humans living in space with zero provisioning and zero gravity, from the golden age of space flight in the 1960s to the tentative culmination of ecological life support in the project of Biosphere 2 in the 1990s. The narrative is entertaining and immensely educating. Far Beyond the Moon offers a witty and accessible story that holds all the answers to one of the most interesting questions about space flight: what to do with human waste in space." --Sabine Hoehler, author of Spaceship Earth in the Environmental Age, 1960-1990

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