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Den kosmiska revan: utomjordlig resursutvinning och dess betydelse för liv på jorden

Roos, Andreas LU (2013) HEKK02 20122
Human Ecology
Abstract
The growing interest and practice in outer space activities is the cause of a developing and more various space industry. The implication of an increasing human presence in outer space, as a result of such a development, is questioned in this study through an analysis of extraterrestrial mining. Three leading actors’ business-plans in the industry of extraterrestrial mining are examined, with the theory of social metabolism and metabolic rifts as an analytical tool. The study shows that the actors’ business-plans can be considered to express a cosmic rift, i.e. a metabolic rift in the natural exchange of resources between the Earth and other celestial bodies. The implications of such a cosmic rift is analyzed and contemplated as well as... (More)
The growing interest and practice in outer space activities is the cause of a developing and more various space industry. The implication of an increasing human presence in outer space, as a result of such a development, is questioned in this study through an analysis of extraterrestrial mining. Three leading actors’ business-plans in the industry of extraterrestrial mining are examined, with the theory of social metabolism and metabolic rifts as an analytical tool. The study shows that the actors’ business-plans can be considered to express a cosmic rift, i.e. a metabolic rift in the natural exchange of resources between the Earth and other celestial bodies. The implications of such a cosmic rift is analyzed and contemplated as well as the world-economy’s possible alternation - regarding its internal states of dependence - in a scenario where extraterrestrial mining becomes a concept to be recognized. Furthermore, the world-system is theorized as not only part of Earth’s ecology, but as an increasingly more dynamic force in the ecology of the solar system, due to extraterrestrial mining. The implications of the world-system’s possibly increasing dependency of outer celestial bodies, through extraterrestrial mining, is finally analyzed in order to evaluate its further meaning for life on Earth. The study shows that extraterrestrial mining can be regarded as damaging to both natural systems as well as social conditions on Earth. Nonetheless, there is also a possibility that extraterrestrial mining might aid some types of scientific research in outer space. (Less)
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author
Roos, Andreas LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
The Cosmic Rift: Extraterrestrial Mining and its Implications for Life on Earth
course
HEKK02 20122
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
human ecology, contamination, asteroid mining, platinum group metals, ecology of the solar system, social metabolism, world-system theory, extraterrestrial mining, metabolic rift, Cosmic rift, ecological footprint, outer space exploitation and celestial inter-dependency.
language
Swedish
id
3357936
date added to LUP
2013-01-22 09:32:42
date last changed
2013-01-22 09:32:42
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  abstract     = {The growing interest and practice in outer space activities is the cause of a developing and more various space industry. The implication of an increasing human presence in outer space, as a result of such a development, is questioned in this study through an analysis of extraterrestrial mining. Three leading actors’ business-plans in the industry of extraterrestrial mining are examined, with the theory of social metabolism and metabolic rifts as an analytical tool. The study shows that the actors’ business-plans can be considered to express a cosmic rift, i.e. a metabolic rift in the natural exchange of resources between the Earth and other celestial bodies. The implications of such a cosmic rift is analyzed and contemplated as well as the world-economy’s possible alternation - regarding its internal states of dependence - in a scenario where extraterrestrial mining becomes a concept to be recognized. Furthermore, the world-system is theorized as not only part of Earth’s ecology, but as an increasingly more dynamic force in the ecology of the solar system, due to extraterrestrial mining. The implications of the world-system’s possibly increasing dependency of outer celestial bodies, through extraterrestrial mining, is finally analyzed in order to evaluate its further meaning for life on Earth. The study shows that extraterrestrial mining can be regarded as damaging to both natural systems as well as social conditions on Earth. Nonetheless, there is also a possibility that extraterrestrial mining might aid some types of scientific research in outer space.},
  author       = {Roos, Andreas},
  keyword      = {human ecology,contamination,asteroid mining,platinum group metals,ecology of the solar system,social metabolism,world-system theory,extraterrestrial mining,metabolic rift,Cosmic rift,ecological footprint,outer space exploitation and celestial inter-dependency.},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Den kosmiska revan: utomjordlig resursutvinning och dess betydelse för liv på jorden},
  year         = {2013},
}