A New Space Age Demands International Cooperation, Not Competition or ‘Dominance’

A New Space Age Demands International Cooperation, Not Competition or ‘Dominance’
The Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft launches carrying a Russian-American crew of three, bound for the International Space Station, Baikonur, Kazakhstan, March 15, 2019 (NASA photo by Bill Ingalls via AP Images).

Fifty years after Apollo 11 astronauts first walked on the moon, the world is entering a new Space Age. Outer space, a domain once reserved for the great powers, is democratizing. New “space-faring” nations and private corporations are entering the final frontier, taking advantage of breakthrough technologies and lower financial barriers. The possibilities for humanity are immense. They include new opportunities for communication, for observing and understanding the Earth’s natural systems, for exploring the solar system and the heavens beyond, for exploiting space-based resources, and for constructing planetary defense systems to protect the planet from catastrophic collisions with near-Earth objects—asteroids, […]

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