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The Ethics of Using Limited Resources in Outer Space

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19:30 – 19:30 16 Feb 2016
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St John’s Suite, Salisbury White Hart, SP1 2SD

Speakers: Dr Tony Milligan, Kings College London

Ordinarily we assume that resources in space are plentiful, and so they are. But resources which we can access anytime soon are much more limited. Only a small number of asteroids have the right trajectory to be within reach; there are only a small number of strips and crater rims on the surface of the Moon which are in near-permanent sunlight; there are only so many orbital niches for satellites; only so many Lagrange points; only one Moon and a single Mars.

The apparently limitless bounty of space is rather different from the more perplexing reality of limited accessible resources which may need to be managed in a sustainable way if we are to avoid various sorts of injustice and trade-offs between short term advantages and longer term scientific and ethical goals.

n this talk, Dr Tony Milligan will explore the ethics of human activity in space and the difficulties of finding workable solutions to shared problems.

Refreshments from from 19:00.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: IOP South West Branch
Contact details: southwestbranch@physics.org

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