"GLOBAL ISSUES, LEADERSHIP CHOICES":
Many, many countries have plans for space missions. India has plans for a lunar colony, and China recently launched its mission to the far side of the moon. What we lack is a plan for how we behave when we get to space. At present, “space” is seen as something that belongs to all of humanity more or less equally because no one can enforce a claim to any part of it. But with the technology and economics to make this possible closer by the day, little thought has been given to the rules of engagement -- should the countries, companies, or individuals who do go to space be allowed to do whatever they want there (e.g., mine asteroids, build resorts, build colonies, build prisons, launch missions into deep space)? My online high school literature class ("Who We Are & What We Dream: Comparative Science Fiction") recently considered these questions. This article, though, argues this issue is not science fiction: it is a crucial policy concern right now aeon.co/essays/we-urgently-need-a-legal-framework-for-space-colonisation
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