Reopening the Space Frontier

By John Hickman.

Published by Technology and Society, a book series by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Print $US30.00
Book: Electronic $US10.00

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.

Keywords: Astronautics, United States, Outer space, Exploration, Manned space flight, Extraterrestrial bases, Astronautics and state, Space race

Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 5.015MB). Published by Technology and Society, a book series by Common Ground Publishing.

Dr. John Hickman

Associate Professor, Political Science, Berry College, Georgia, USA

John Hickman is Associate Professor of Political Science at Berry College in Mt. Berry, Georgia. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Iowa and his JD from Washington University, St. Louis. He teaches courses in comparative politics, research methods and international relations, including a seminar on genocide and war crimes.

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