As Editor in Chief of Space Policy, I am proud to promote the publication of Space Policy 30(3b), a Special Issue on the "Global Exploration Roadmap" (GER).
What is the GER?
Here is the text from the introduction of the GER:
"The Global Exploration Roadmap is being developed by space agencies participating in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG). The roadmap builds on the vision for coordinated human and robotic exploration of our solar system that was established in The Global Exploration Strategy: the Framework for Coordination (May 2007). In doing so it reflects a coordinated international effort to prepare for collaborative space exploration missions beginning with the International Space Station (ISS) and continuing to the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and Mars. Space agencies agree that human space exploration will be most successful as an international endeavour, given the challenges of these missions. Agencies also agree that pursuing this endeavour will deliver significant social, intellectual and economic benefits to people on Earth. This document presents the status of the space agency exploration road mapping activity. By sharing the results of this work with the broader community, space agencies seek to generate innovative ideas and solutions for meeting the challenges ahead."
What does this Special Issue in Space Policy address?
Here is the first page of the "Introduction to the Special Issue on the Global Exploration Roadmap" written by Professor Crawford. An excerpt from the introduction includes: "I hope that this Special Issue of Space Policy will contribute to raising the profile of the GER among scientists and policy makers alike, and play a small part in helping to realise its implementation."
Contributors to this Special Issue
The Special Issue contains a collection of Viewpoints, full research articles, and Reports relating to the GER.
“Astrobiology can help space science, education and the economy”
Mark A. Sephton
Full Length Research Articles:
“The Global Exploration Roadmap and its significance for NASA”
Kathleen C. Laurini, William H. Gerstenmaier
“Developing the global exploration roadmap: An example using the humans to the lunar surface theme”
C.R. Neal, G.K. Schmidt, P. Ehrenfreund, J.D. Carpenter
“Human spaceflight and an asteroid redirect mission: Why?”
“Activities of the COSPAR Panel on Exploration supporting the Global Exploration Roadmap”
Ehrenfreund, C.P. McKay, the COSPAR Panel on Exploration (PEX)
“ESA strategic planning for space exploration”
Bernhard Hufenbach, Thomas Reiter, Elisabeth Sourgens
“Role of the current young generation within the space exploration sector"
Calzada-Diaz, M. Dayas-Codina, J.L. MacArthur, D.M. Bielicki
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