Neil Maher, "Whole Earth Without Borders."
Neil Maher's essay "Whole Earth Without Borders: Earth Photographs, Space Data and the Importance of Visual Culture Within Environmental History" rethinks our understanding of the Blue Marble's association with the environmental movement. Maher questions the idea that those involved in the movement were quick the adopt the Blue Marble as an icon (not until the 1990s did the photograph become widespread in environmental protest imagery and literature). Rather, he suggests, the image gained symbolic power due to it encapsulating, for many, the idea of "global unity" and its connection to environmental issues developed more slowly thanks to the attention devoted to it by environmental scientists, NASA engineers and activists over the years. Read the article on Neil's website here: https://www.neilmaher.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Whole-Earth-w_o-Borders.pdf
Neil Maher, Apollo in the Age of Aquarius
Neil's book Apollo in the Age of Aquarius offers an extensive history of NASA's relation to US politics and society during the late 1960s and 1970s. From tensions between the agency and civil rights movement, counterculture and feminist movement, to discussions of environmental activism and technology, the book offered us much to consider as we planned these events. You can read more about the book, and a number of Neil's other writings, on his website: https://www.neilmaher.com/
Neil Maher gave a talk - "Greening the Blue Marble: Space Data, Visual Culture and the Birth of an Environmental Icon" - on Thursday December 8, 2022. You can view the video here.