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To infinity and beyond… in New Jersey

A rather cool exhibit to celebrate NASA's accomplishments and space exploration in general kicks off stateside.

If you’re a space buff like me, you’re eagerly awaiting word on what’s next for NASA. With the shuttle program being wound down this summer, the space agency is in a bit of limbo, its future role uncertain.

To celebrate NASA’s accomplishments and space exploration in general, Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey recently opened a new exhibit titled, “Lift Off: Earthlings and the Great Beyond.” The exhibit, which runs till Jan. 5, is based on:

“Ideas and issues surrounding space: perceptions of future life based in space; space agencies (i.e. NASA); the Russian space agency; race for space; NASA byproducts; objects in space; ways of viewing space from earth; the possibility of other life forms in space; space travel, the depiction of space in popular culture, design for space, and the life of an astronaut.

The organizers asked me to contribute an essay to the exhibit’s catalog, which I was happy to do. A whole chapter of Sex, Bombs and Burgers is devoted to the earthly contributions made by NASA and other space agencies, so it was familiar ground for me. Taking part was also a special honour given the other writers—Leslie Kean, author of UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record, and Buzz Aldrin, one of the first people to set foot on the moon.

If you’re interested, more information on the catalog can be found here. I’m hoping to get down to New Jersey before the end of the year to check out the exhibit—it sounds great.