New Outer Space Policy – Rights for Martians and Astronauts?

SpaceClownProfessor Andy Miah notes there’s already international government policies taking hold on outer space – and a need for new ethical guidelines. “For instance, what obligations do we owe to the various life forms we send there, or those we might discover? Can we develop a more considerate approach to colonizing outer space than we were able to achieve for various sectors of Earth?”

And what rights do astronauts have? “Could our inevitable public surveillance of their behavior become too much of an infringement on their personal privacy?”

But more importantly, professor Miah notes that “the goods of space exploration far exceed the symbolic value,” pointing out that “A vast amount of research and development derives from space exploration… For example, the United Kingdom’s 2007 Space Policy inquiry indicated that the creation of space products contributes two to three times their value in GDP.”

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  • Anonymous

    I was watching “Moon” the other day and I couldn’t help but think about how awkward it would be to try to rub one out only to have Gerty ask repeatedly, “Are you okay Sam, are you hurt? Can I clean that up for you?” That would get old after the third or fourth time. Alone time means “No Gerty”.

  • tonyviner

    I was watching “Moon” the other day and I couldn't help but think about how awkward it would be to try to rub one out only to have Gerty ask repeatedly, “Are you okay Sam, are you hurt? Can I clean that up for you?” That would get old after the third or fourth time. Alone time means “No Gerty”.

  • Wanooski

    Well, we don’t need another ’61. Those metanationals need to be reined in.
    Cookie for that reference.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Well, we don’t need another ’61. Those metanationals need to be reined in.
    Cookie for that reference.

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