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Working Group Reports and Presentations: Cis-lunarSpace agencies are committed to the "safe, sustained, affordable human and robotic exploration of the Moon, Mars, and beyond." However, we recommend that they explicitly define our ultimate goal and motivation in order to portray a sense of purpose to the public. Our goal is sustainable human settlement of the Moon and Mars and our motivation is to preserve the human race. All secondary exploration and science objectives flow from this main goal and are still imperative to our success. As an economic guiding principle, governments should be limited to those areas where only government can perform the activity and should recognize and coordinate with the larger private and military sectors. Also, space agencies must continue to fund the interdisciplinary science necessary to characterize environmental hazards associated with dust, radiation, surface charging, topology, and meteorites in order to make our first attempts at extraterrestrial living viable.
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Conference Paper
Laubscher, Bryan (Los Alamos National Lab. NM, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 2006
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the Next Generation Exploration Conference
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Meeting Information
Next Generation Exploration Conference(Moffett Field, CA)
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Public Use Permitted.

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