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Space Policy Under the Trump Administration: Year One In Review and Lessons from the Obama Administration

One year into his presidency, President Donald Trump has expressed goals for his space policy that both conflict with and resemble those stated by the Obama administration with regards to the National Space Council, human exploration programs, and public-private partnerships with commercial spaceflight companies. Whether his programs succeed or not depends not only on his decision-making but also on outside forces...

– Rebecca Lewis

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Limitations of Space Disclosures

As the commercial aerospace industry takes off, it is necessary to evaluate the current regulations on spacecraft disclosures and address the concerns regarding a lack of transparency, especially with government spacecrafts...

– Hanphenie Zhou

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A Case Study on Mars Colonization

Establishing extraterrestrial colonies has become a new undertaking by both private and public entities, with their prime target being Mars. Though colonial ventures historically received strong governmental support, nations were never the only entities to attempt settlement. The case of Mars has proceeded similarly in this regard, despite it having no precedent as potentially the first extraterrestrial territory...

– Alexander Gonzalez & Sidh Sikka

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The E.T. Diaries, Part 1: Talking with Intelligent Aliens

“Are we alone?” is a question people have attempted to answer since they first explored space. But now, that search is going in an additional direction- are there intelligent creatures in space? One of the earliest mentions of extraterrestrial intelligence dates back to 1896. The Drake equation predicts the existence of such an intelligent race beyond Earth. The members of the SETI Institute, and several others believe so. If that’s the thing, then are we prepared to meet our potential peers or rivals, or however you want to put that? Find out more in…

– Maria Vincent

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