Odyssey: Dark Skies—The Case Against Human Expansion Into Outer Space

Humans have long imagined wondrous heavenly voyages, but with the coming of technology based on modern science, actual human activities in outer space have become increasingly feasible. Some hold that the survival of the human species depends on the colonization of other celestial bodies, and others advance ambitious schemes for large orbital infrastructures to solve pressing global problems. A less starry-eyed assessment of the historical record and the future of space indicates that actual space activities have increased the probability of nuclear war, and that large-scale colonization poses several catastrophic and existential threats, and should be relinquished.

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