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Published: 07 May 2020 (Estimated)

424 Pages

235x156mm

ISBN: 9780190903343


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Dark Skies

Space Expansionism, Planetary Geopolitics, and the Ends of Humanity

Daniel Deudney

  • Provides the first complete and balanced assessment of the space enterprise of the past, present, and future
  • Examines space advocate arguments about Earth, technology, and world government in the context of great debates about the future of the planet
  • Argues why space colonization poses a significant threat to human survival and should be avoided, contrary to the widely-held view that space expansion is necessary to ensure the survival of humanity from mega-disasters on Earth
  • Demonstrates that the most important net effect of space activities to date has been to increase the risk of catastrophic nuclear war
  • Proposes a more modest Earth-oriented space program aiming at ensuring the continued habitability of planet Earth
  • Underscores the vital importance of re-igniting the nuclear and space weapons arms control projects
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