Asteroid Mining Challenges the "Constitution" of Outer Space
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 577 , Segment 2
Episode: A Confused Economy, Asteroid Mining, Toxic Masculinity
- Jun 20, 2017 11:00 pm
- 13:48 mins
Guest: Henry Hertzfeld, JD, PhD, Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs, George Washington University, Member of the Space Policy Institute When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to step foot on the moon in 1969, they planted an American Flag on the lunar surface. It was a symbolic gesture—Americans weren’t saying they owned the moon. It’s not like first-come-first-served in space. Or is it? The question is no longer purely hypothetical: a number of private companies have plans to settle the moon or mine asteroids for precious metals like platinum. Is space the new Wild West?