Humans have left about 34, 000 objects in space. Some are predictable (satellites), others not (discarded zip ties, and Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster). Dr. Alice Gorman is a space archaeologist who is fascinated by this “space junk” and what it tells us about humanity and our future. Gorman began her career studying Aboriginal archaeology in her native Australia. Contemplation of the sky one night in 2002 led to an epiphany: Space is full of orbital junk with an archaeological This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 45 Ayana Omilade Flewellen A scholar at one with the elements. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Closer Encounters What should we say to aliens? Arts & Culture Issue 29 Lost in Space Technology is inflating our personal bubbles. Should we pop them? Arts & Culture Issue 29 Rock the Cradle Lullabies have the sedative power to soothe — and to scare. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Close Knit Meet the weavers keeping traditional Egyptian tapestrymaking alive. Arts & Culture Issue 50 The Old Gays Inside a Californian TikTok “content house” of a very different stripe.