From the Red Desert to the Red Planet: Military Engineers, the Mojave, and Life on Mars
Author: Gretchen Heefner, Northeastern University
Comment: Neil Maher, NJIT-Rutgers University
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Since the 1950s, the United States military and related agencies have used earth’s extreme environments to simulate outer space. This paper charts those efforts. Gretchen Heefner’s essay adds to recent calls for more robust dialogue between environmental and space histories. By placing the environment at the center of the story of U.S. military expansion, Heefner complicates our understanding of how U.S. power has been sustained around the world and, ultimately, in the heavens.
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