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Making Mars resonate: the role of analogue sites in territorializing China's outer space imaginaries

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2024-01-01
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This paper analyses how Chinese desert landscapes are being used as analogue sites for the public to gain a first-hand and embodied experience of Martian-like landscapes through the scientific, educational, and tourist facilities and activities that Mars Camp in Qinghai province of the People's Republic of China offers visitors. By analysing accounts and chronicles of visitor's experiences (mainly based on digital materials showcased by the Mars Camp website), this paper focuses on how the said camp rhetorically frames particular features of these landscapes to create both an imaginary and a material continuity between Earth and outer space, one which is produced through voluminous immersive encounters, that is, experiences that expand the very "sense" of territory upwards and outwards.
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Outer Space, Critical Geopolitics, Volumetric Turn, Territorialisation, Mars, China, Resonance
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Puente Lozano, P. Herring Bazo, A. (2024). Making Mars resonate: The role of analogue sites in territorialising China’s outer space imaginaries. Territory, Politics, Governance 12(1), pp. 132-152