On October 31, 2016, at noon, in the Humanities Building, Room 117.
The HRC Mellon Graduate Research Seminar, “Environment, Culture, Limits: Thinking Through the Long Anthropocene in the United States” presents the lecture Prospecting the Final Frontier – Landsat and Natural Resources of the Third World, by historian Megan Black, post-doctoral fellow in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University.
In the “new frontier,” the United States pursued minerals in outer space. The venture began with investigations conducted by NASA and the Interior Department on lunar geology and mining. Yet quickly attentions turned back to earth’s resources, as Cold War modernizers saw a way to use satellites to identify untapped reserves—particularly in nations participating in international development. Could the resulting “Landsat” satellite be both the “global good” boosters promised and a prospecting tool?