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March 9-15, 2015 / Vol 34, No 10 / Hawai`i Island, USA

6 Mar 2015, 21:09 UTC
March 9-15, 2015 / Vol 34, No 10 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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United Nations Planetary Protection Focus May Evolve to Include Lunar Activities

United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs and the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space regularly address and oversee issues of planetary protection through their focus on space weather and space debris. Long-duration Earth observations and NEO surveys from the Moon utilizing instruments, such as those proposed by the International Lunar Observatory Association, could be invaluable in studying climate change and potential threats to humanity’s home planet. The International Lunar Observatory is currently considering a means to establish a connection with the UN on its series of Moon missions. Another focus of the UN COPUOS is to support peaceful exploration of space and to ensure that the benefits of space exploration are shared by all of humanity. With all of the major space powers and several independent enterprises focused on exploring and developing the resources of the Moon, United Nations may need to revisit its lunar policy and increase its involvement in lunar matters. Sustainable exploration of the Moon could help provide energy abundance while ...

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