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.