Elvis fills the cosmic void left by the Apollo program; Apollo’s white spacesuit has been replaced by Elvis’s white jumpsuit. Meanwhile, David Bowie plays Ziggy Stardust, the alien far more hip than the humans on Planet Earth.
By flipping the image and cropping it to give more prominence to Planet Earth, NASA created an icon to humanity’s cosmic narcissism.
“Space Oddity” was supposedly inspired by the artist’s multiple viewings of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Like everyone on Spaceship Earth, Major Tom is lost in space.
Jesus is the superstar for millions of evangelical Americans and they have their men in the White House: Donald Trump and Mike Pence, an avowed creationist.
Since the Creator did not photobomb any Apollo images, it’s no surprise billions of believers on Earth wanted to see their Lord.
Elton John captured the zeitgeist: The rocket men had burned out their fuse and were fading into oblivion.
As if trying to rival Apollo astronauts and Ziggy Stardust, Elvis and his jumpsuit and epic sideburns were seen by one billion people on global TV.
ELVIS: filling the cosmic void of space.
For one billion people on Planet Earth, the celebrity system god has landed.
Mobbed, hugged, and kissed, Elvis is a living deity. So are many of today’s global pop stars.
The good life: Pina Coladas followed by Elvis live from Hawaii.
Elvis filling the void in the wake of Apollo.

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Critic of civilization via art & theory. Writer and mixed-media artist. Existentialist w/o the angst. PhD: Univ of Texas at Austin.

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