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Book:Reopening the space frontier / John Hickman.:2010. Book Reopening the space frontier / John Hickman.
Reopening the space frontier / John Hickman.
Author: Hickman, John 1954-
Publication year: 2010.
Language: English
Call Number TL789.8.U5 H53 2010
Media class: Book
Publisher: Champaign, Illinois : Common Ground Publishing LLC
ISBN: 9781863358002 1863358005
Series title: Technology and society
Extent: x, 186 pages ; 24 cm.
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"Reopening the Space Frontier escapes the usual arc of space policy analysis focused on technological choice and instead explains the international legal and political economic barriers to the renewed exploration, development and settlement of celestial bodies like the Moon and Mars. The science and engineering of the mid-twentieth century were sufficient for human landings on the Moon. Yet today the human adventure in space is limited to visits by small numbers of astronauts to a single space station in Earth orbit. As the author explains, using the institutions that opened terrestrial geographic frontiers in the past provides the effective means for reopening the space frontier. Along the way he demolishes the wishful thinking that has shackled popular thinking about space policy. International competition rather than international cooperation motivated states to open terrestrial frontiers for centuries, and that motivation will have to be harnessed again for our species to permanently occupy other worlds of the solar system"--Back cover.

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