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Daniel Britt

University of Central Florida



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Economics and Exploration: A Bit of Historical Perspective on the New Age of Exploration
Audience: Adults
Description: It has been 49 years since Apollo 11 landed on the Moon and most of the optimistic (and fictional) predictions about rapid progress to Moon bases and Mars exploration have not become reality. An analogy may be found in the age of western exploration. Why did 115 years elapse between Columbus’ discovery of the Americas and the establishment of Jamestown to begin the settlement of North America? It turns out that there were substantial economic reasons for this hiatus along with many underappreciated “features” of exploration. The age exploration has a number of interesting analogues and lessons for our current situation that can provide insight into a range of exploration issues including planetary protection, the development of In-Situ Resource Utilization, and the growth of new launch providers.

Subject Areas: Natural Sciences
Social Sciences
Space Sciences
Keywords: Age of Discovery
Economic History
Planetary Protection
Space Exploration
Space Transportation
Duration: 1 hour or less
Fee: Expenses Only

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