In the first of two ‘Special Report’ articles for ROOM on future Mars exploration, Stephen Ashworth of Oxford University’s Voltaire Foundation examines the Musk - Mars phenomenon and asks what is behind the entrepreneur’s expansive vision to colonise the red planet.
The diplomacy of space security is a difficult realm in which to assess progress. There are no set benchmarks and little movement on which to base a call as to whether matters are progressing or regressing and to a degree it resembles a ‘glass half full or half empty’ type of determination.
Solar sailing is finally becoming a reality.
As the space industry moves forward in the 21st century, satellites are becoming easier to build and launch.
There are many outstanding questions as to whether humans could survive as a species over multiple generations in another planetary environment.
Lockheed Martin has developed its own Mars Base Camp concept to get humans to Mars orbit.
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is pursuing a remit to ensure all of humankind can benefit from the use of space.
Rick Tumlinson recently spoke at a high level United Nations forum designed to feed into the 50th anniversary of the first UNispace Conference, taking place in 2018.
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With a commanding name such as MASTER, it is expected that the Russian-made global robotic system for monitoring near-Earth and outer space has big things in store - and indeed it does.