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Human Exploration and Development in the Solar System  

Wendell Mendell

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Aug 2018
Emergence of ballistic missile technology after World War II enabled human flight into the Earth’s orbit, fueling the imagination of those fascinated with science, technology, exploration, ... More

Space and Planetary Resources  

Angel Abbud-Madrid

This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Planetary Science. Please check back later for the full article. ... More

Space Commercialization and the Development of Space Law  

Yun Zhao

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Jul 2018
Shortly after the launch of the first manmade satellite in 1957, the United Nations (UN) took the lead in formulating international rules governing space activities. The five international ... More

Space Governance  

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

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Aug 2018
Outer space is once again facing renewed competition. Unlike in the earlier decades of space exploration when there were two or three spacefaring powers, by the turn of the 21st century, ... More

Use of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes  

Martina Smuclerova

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Apr 2019
The great rise and diversification of the use of outer space raises the question of the limitations to space activities. The ultimate restriction posed by space law is the use of outer ... More