Ethics of Space Exploration: Exploring to Sustain? – EuroScientist journal

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Space. The final frontier. For as long as many of us can remember space has been at the forefront of the minds of most of the global population. Whether this fascination has to do with scientific exploration, resource extraction, or the desire for the fame and glory that comes with being one of a handful of people who have left the planet, there is little doubt that at some point or another nearly everyone has looked up at the nighttime sky and wondered what else is out there. This desire has driven incredible feats of physics and engineering in our lifetimes. We’ve put satellites and telescopes in the sky, rovers on other planets, and people on the moon. Within the subsequent generation, these ambitions will take their next major step forward with the potential for a constructed station on the moon and a manned trip to Mars. As exciting as all of this (we all feel that inner-child giddiness), it begs the question at what cost?Logistics of Space ExplorationAny scientist or engineer could tell you that getting to space is no easy feat no matter how many times it has been done. There are all sorts of logistics …

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