The New Space Age

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The New Space Age

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THE RACE TO COLONISE OUTER SPACE

This outstanding report examines the extraordinary opportunities and challenges of the new space age, in which travel beyond our own planet is suddenly affordable.

Sixty years ago, the world watched in wonder at the dawning of the space age. Humankind's first flights into space and the landing on the moon showed the seemingly impossible was achievable. The entrepreneurial vision of business tycoon Elon Musk and his Space X business teamed with more affordable and reliable technology has resulted in a space revolution that is giving rise to a whole new world of possibilities. Space travel has never been so accessible.

Those at the forefront of the new space revolution are grappling with everything from the inherent risk of space travel to the management of space junk. Even more challenging is that nation states including America and China are already staking their claims in this new world with designated Space Forces and a growing militarisation of space. Where space travel was once only the preserve of government agencies, now billionaire entrepreneurs are competing to colonise the moon and to control its rich resources.

As science fiction becomes science fact, the challenge will be to see if humankind has learned the lessons of life here on earth.

A Four Corners Story

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Four Corners
Australian Broadcasting Corporation