This paper puts out a call to visionary thinkers to help increase public awareness that outer space is in the process of being developed. It argues for inclusion of a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds, nations, professions and disciplines, and it suggests that this can be accomplished through education. Knowledge about outer space development can be provided to a broader range of people through Internet and other technological resources. This can enable more people to develop skill sets to meet the demands of newly emerging industries related to outer space development. It will also provide a unique pedagogical approach aimed at mending the knowledge gap. Otherwise we are likely to witness widening inequality gaps. The paper suggests introducing space studies to people through the allure of the social and behavioral sciences, and distinguished this proposal from STEMs efforts, which have consistently failed to be attractive for the vast majority of people. This paper contributes to the key themes of the 2010 Science in Society Conference by addressing the need to increase public awareness regarding outer space development. It also serves as a reminder that embedded inequality, feelings of subjugation, oppression and of being left out of important development projects tend to produce conflict, disgruntlement and eventually is likely to produce international conflict. Equal opportunity tends to bring peace. We must design a model towards peace as we develop the final frontier.
|Keywords:||Social Impacts, Outer Space Development, Outer Space, Colonization, Final Frontier, Outer Space Development, Space Law, Space Science and Technology|
Adjunct Professor, History, Politics and International Relations, Webster University Worldwide, St. Louis, Missouri, USA