PRESS RELEASE: "Lunar Land Claims Recognition" Article Published in AAS Space Times Magazine

Space Times MagazineAn opinion piece by Space Settlement Institute president Douglas Jobes appeared in the May 2005 issue of the American Astronautical Society (AAS) Space Times magazine. The article, "Lunar Land Claims Recognition: Designing the Ultimate Incentive for Space Infrastructure Development," examines the need for very significant financial incentives to jumpstart the space infrastructure that will be needed before a permanent lunar settlement can be constructed.

The article opens as follows: "While the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) often interfaces with the private sector, government cannot - and should not - be expected to bear the entire burden for developing space.

"NASA's primary focus is exploration and discovery. That means a comprehensive approach to space development depends on finding ways to make space profitable for private industry - if possible, convincing corporations, institutions, wealthy individuals, and venture capitalists to invest billions of dollars in space."

To read the full article, open the PDF version by clicking this link: Lunar Land Claims Recognition: Designing the Ultimate Incentive for Space Infrastructure Development.

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  1. It's impossible.
  2. It's possible but not worth doing.
  3. I said it was a good idea all along.
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