Space issues

Broad political, social, medical, legal issues discussed in the space industry

Monica Hernandez

Genetic Engineering For Space Travel

To what extent will a sustainable and healthy life in space require a paradigm shift in genetics? For example, will our civilization engineer its DNA makeup in the search for life beyond Planet Earth?

Monica Hernandez

Sexual Reproduction, Childbearing, and Sustainability in Space Part II

According to Australian physician, Dr. Rowena Christiansen, engineering artificial gravity might pave the way to fully research human reproduction safely in space and we may end up with new subspecies of humans who are perfectly evolved to one environment only.

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Sexual Reproduction, Childbearing, and Sustainability in Space Part I

We don't fully understand about the basics of human sexual reproduction in space. For humanity to thrive in space, sexual reproduction, pregnancy, child growth, and development need to come under greater focus.

Monica Hernandez

Who is an Astronaut? Space Jobs in the Era of Frequent Space Travel

The frequency of space travel requires us to define and refer with greater precision the jobs needed in space over the following decades.

Monica Hernandez

Round Pegs, Square Holes, And Human Behavior

Beyond survival, design thinking is at the core of our spacefaring experience, and it must become a mainstay of all conversations meant to empower us to do more in space.

Monica Hernandez

Intergalactic, Planetary, Planetary, Another Dimension… Life

The recent report from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine explains the ongoing debate in astrobiology about the distinction between a planet's organic alien life or the evolution of organisms brought by crewed missions - i.e., forward biological contamination.

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What Space Can Teach Us About Representation and Robotics

Developing indigenous knowledge and regional expertise will harness the new space ecosystem.

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The Learning Mindset Needed for Future Jobs in Space

The pace and breadth of the space economy will depend on our capacity to learn and innovate.

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Reflections on Our Sustainability in Space

Space will increasingly demand us to extend beyond our limits and comfort zones. I wonder how humans and machines will evolve together?

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The Need for Investing in Space R&D and Testing

R&D and in-space testing are two integral components for reliable space technologies and systems. Thus, their need will only increase as our missions evolve.

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The Pursuit of Quantum Science and SETI

The applications that derive from quantum science and engineering will become increasingly relevant.

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Space Startup Funding: Perspectives from CEOs and Co-Founders

Daniel and Yanina offered their insights for what worked for them thus far. These snippets of advice early in their paths may inspire other startup founders that may still be figuring it out.