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A Manifesto for Governing Life on Mars

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherKing's College London
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-9160036-0-6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019


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This manifesto responds to the recent expansion of human-led activities in space, high-profile declarations of ambitions to develop settlements on Mars, and growing media interest in these developments. Its purpose is to provoke a richer set of debates in mainstream thinking about the social and political dimensions of establishing a permanent human presence on Mars. It outlines some basic parameters for thinking about the governance of Martian society, and then flags up some key topics for debate: economics, the Martian natural environment, dealing with dissent among Martian inhabitants, reproduction, the built environment, and education. It ends by considering the possibility that future settlement will need to be supported by a guaranteed bill of Martian Rights.

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