Why Are We Stuck in Low-Earth Orbit? Sexagenarian Space Cowboys and the Failing Body of Their American Dream

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Abstract

This essay is a close reading of Clint Eastwood's film SPACE COWBOYS. The paper performs a political economic history of the American space program from the 1960s to the 1990s, looking at issues of funding, goal setting, and popular perception. These are correlated with the narrative motivation of the protagonists, specifically analyzing these in terms of the generational aspects of Eastwood as both a character in the film and as the creative force behind it. This essay allowed me to expand my political-economically inflected cultural studies approach to popular culture to representations of space in American cinema, an area I hope to return to in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhy Are We Stuck in Low-Earth Orbit? Sexagenarian Space Cowboys and the Failing Body of Their American Dream
PublisherUniversity of New Mexico Press
Pages49-67
ISBN (Print)0826359523
StatePublished - May 2018

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    Phillips, W. (2018). Why Are We Stuck in Low-Earth Orbit? Sexagenarian Space Cowboys and the Failing Body of Their American Dream. In Why Are We Stuck in Low-Earth Orbit? Sexagenarian Space Cowboys and the Failing Body of Their American Dream (pp. 49-67). University of New Mexico Press.