(Conservative Review) -- Space, the final frontier. And like previous frontiers, it poses problems to would-be colonists. Governments and think tanks alike are now engaged in trying to solve these problems, specifically with respect to the colonization of Mars. Among the questions that are being asked are: How will property rights work? What about national sovereignty? What will a Martian government look like?
These may seem like abstract thought experiments better suited to science fiction writers than to policy makers, but in fact, manned missions to Mars may be closer than you think. NASA expects to accomplish the feat by 2030, and private enterprises like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and the Mars One project are shooting for the mid-2020s. With people arriving on the red planet potentially within a decade, it’s important that we figure out some of the logistics beforehand, as they will have a dramatic impact on the incentives explorers face to build colonies, start extracting minerals, and otherwise make use of what until now has only been a bright light in the sky.
Several different models have been proposed.
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