June 22, 2023
Everybody talks about the technological challenges of building colonies on the moon or Mars, but no one talks about the crucial ethical questions humans will face once they leave earth’s gravity. Is it ok to treat another planet as just a place to mine resources? Who gets to travel to these colonies? Do you own property in space? On this episode of Inquiry, we welcome astrophysicist ERIKA NESVOLD. She has worked as a researcher at NASA GODDARD and the CARNEGIE INSTITUTION FOR SCIENCE. Her new book asks the tough questions about humans in outer space in her new book: OFF-EARTH: ETHICAL QUESTIONS AND QUANDARIES FOR LIVING IN OUTER SPACE.