What if members of the public could inform long term science policy governance?
To explore this question we focussed on the future of lunar mining. It’s a small field of scientific research that is yet to lodge itself in the hearts and minds of the general public. But researchers like our collaborator Dr. Kathryn Hadler are already looking ahead 30 years and working on space mining solutions.
Who has rights to the moon? How should profit from lunar resources be distributed? What if space mining could reform or replace mining on earth? How should our colonial histories inform our approach to other planets? These are all questions that require future facing and values based decision making, but are currently seen as problems for future generations to worry about. We wanted to explore how to stimulate societal debate and derive policy relevant insights ahead of time.