Earthlings haven’t any vested interest in the status quo on Mars, with no one else appears to either.

Earthlings haven’t any vested interest in the status quo on Mars, with no one else appears to either.

Before then, it’s an ecological and economic free-for-all. Already, as Impey pointed off to the AAAS panel, private companies are involved with an area race of sorts. For now, the viable ones operate with the blessing of NASA, catering right to its (governmental) needs. However if capitalism becomes the driving force behind space travel – whether through luxury vacations to the Moon, safari tours of Europa, mining asteroids for precious minerals, or turning alien worlds into microbial gardens we harvest for ourselves – the total amount struck between preservation and exploitation, unless strictly defined and powerfully enforced, will be susceptible to shifting in line with companies’ profit margins. Given the chance, today’s nascent space industry could become the second oil industry, raking in the cash by destroying environments with society’s tacit approval. Читать далее