Science Technology and Social Impacts of OSD

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THE SCIENCE IN SOCIETY CONFERENCE 2010 Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain 11 to 13 November 2010 : 

Science, Technology and the Social Impacts of Outer Space Development: A Pedagogical Approach to Sponsor Equality of Knowledge and Opportunity by Dr. Edythe E. Weeks, Esq. THE SCIENCE IN SOCIETY CONFERENCE 2010 Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain 11 to 13 November 2010

I. In 2010, NASA’s Constellation Program was cancelled. II. Next year the NASA Space Shuttle Fleet is scheduled to retire.

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III. The 2010 New Vision for U.S. Space Exploration Policy provides NASA with a budget of about $19,000,000,000 for 2011.

What does all this mean? : 

What does all this mean?

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After more than 50 years of research and development, outer space has been placed on the agenda for development.

New Territories : 

New Territories low Earth orbit Lagrange points the Moon Mars Asteroids (near Earth and orbiting Mars) Mars’ two moons – Phobos and Deimos

Official reports have articulated the plans to began space missions to these destinations. : 

Official reports have articulated the plans to began space missions to these destinations. US Plans for SpaceFlight Committee 2009 Small Bodies Assessment Group 2009 Small Bodies Assessment Group 2009 Vision for Space Exploration Policy 2004

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NASA and international partners have been sending humans and probes to, taking photos of and gathering information about celestial bodies since the 1960s. Humankind has stunning photos of a multitude of other worlds. These missions gave us knowledge about what’s out there, especially natural resources. Photos from NASA

LEO : 

LEO The ISS orbits Earth in a zone called Low Earth Orbit. Low Earth orbit (LEO) has been placed on the political agenda. Advanced fleets of new spaceships, life support systems and space architecture developed by the private sector can be expected in the next 10 – 20 years.

The Geostationary Orbit : 

The Geostationary Orbit The geostationary orbit - the zone around Earth where many satellites are located - has already been developed or colonized. Entrepreneurs and strategists have been successful with the telecommunications industry. Cell phones, the Internet, Facebook, Skype, debit cards and wireless transfers of data are used by most people around the world.

What Now? NASA Will Pass the Torch : 

What Now? NASA Will Pass the Torch Key Actors Private Sector: Companies & Entrepreneurs Nonprofits NASA Partnerships, Joint Ventures & Grants International and Intergovernmental Entities

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NASA will still play a key role in the future of space exploration. grants to space companies partnerships: private sector, nonprofits and international and intergovernmental entities, organizations and institutions.

What will these key actors do? In a nutshell, they will build up the space infrastructure: architecture, life support, transportation & telecommunications.

Future “Space Exploration” : 

Future “Space Exploration” space transportation systems space mining: economic feasibility, wealth creation, access to in situ building materials, space-based construction, space based solar energy and other energy fueling resources

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location of Earthlike planets interplanetary, interstellar, international and intercultural communications and telecommunications international partnerships and joint venture missions to the Moon, Mars, asteroids and elsewhere i.e. the International Space Exploration Coordination Group - 14 space agencies working together to “advance the Global Exploration Strategy through coordination of their mutual efforts in space exploration”.

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Space studies can be introduced through the social sciences as a way to stimulate learning in science, technology, engineering and math subjects.

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Videos and images of space tourism, space mining and space settlements, spaceports, spaceships can stimulate interdisciplinary curiosity about Earth and planetary sciences, physics, chemistry, geology, economics, astrophysics, astrology, engineering, politics and law.

Who Cares? : 

Who Cares? Anyone interested in the future of science in society. Leaders must understand the historical impact that space science and technology have had upon the global economy, jobs, and opportunity. Considerable thought can be given to ways to teach K-12 and college students to develop abilities and skill-sets relevant for the future.

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