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They choose to avoid the moon: Anti-space event in Seattle urges Bezos and others to focus on Earth

19 Jul 2019, 19:00 UTC
They choose to avoid the moon: Anti-space event in Seattle urges Bezos and others to focus on Earth
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Artwork by Kelsey Gallo, depicting an Amazon space shuttle and printed on used Amazon boxes, will be part of the Salish Sea Anti-Space Symposium in Seattle. (Courtesy of Kelsey Gallo)
Daniel Smith is over the moon. As in, he’s kind of done hearing about it and the hype surrounding Saturday’s 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.
Smith isn’t a conspiracy theorist bent of proving that man never actually set foot on Earth’s closest celestial neighbor. Rather, he’s one of the organizers behind this weekend’s Salish Sea Anti-Space Symposium in Seattle, an event aimed at resisting the fervor of space conquest.
The free, all ages event starts tonight at Pipsqueak, a gallery and community space in Seattle’s Central District, and runs through Sunday, featuring a variety of speakers, musical performances and art.
As Americans get caught up in the celebration of what happened on July 20, 1969, Smith and friends want July 20, 2019, to serve as a wakeup call about how the real challenges of our own planet are being ignored in the race to settle the moon and beyond.
(SSASS Image)
Smith and SSASS take particular aim at the priorities of space racers such as Jeff Bezos and ...

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