Several commercial ventures are currently planning to take humans to
Several commercial ventures are currently planning to take humans to Mars in the near future. What are the risks and rewards of such ventures, and how should we design public policies to promote the best outcomes? Who should make these decisions? Some of the issues raised include: cost, access, space junk, passenger safety, settler survival off earth, sustainability, socio-legal systems, diversifying against risks to life on earth, ecological impacts to the host planet, ecological impacts back to earth, and others.
Videos & Readings:
- Elon Musk says SpaceX is on track to launch people to Mars within 6 years — here’s the full timeline of his plans to populate the red planet – Business Insider
- Mars – SpaceX
Professor Jonathan Wiener is the William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law, Professor of Environmental Policy, and Professor of Public Policy.
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