Accession Number : ADA589762
Title : The Future of Human Space Exploration: Toward Cooperation or Competition?
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis
Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
Personal Author(s) : Adams, Priscilla M
Report Date : Sep 2013
Pagination or Media Count : 129
Abstract : Over the past 52 years, the world has progressed from the first man in space, to landing on the moon, to permanent human presence on manned space stations. Mankind is now poised to explore even farther. The purpose of this thesis is to analyze whether international cooperation or competition is more in the U.S. interest from the perspective of political, technological, and cost-effectiveness criteria for returning humans to the moon, Mars or an asteroid and establishing a permanent presence. The 1960s space race between the U.S. and USSR and current cooperation on the International Space Station will provide a historical basis for comparison. Countries with major space programs will be reviewed for possible partnerships in future space endeavors. This thesis concludes that the future and next steps for human spaceflight with international partners will need to begin as a coordinated and interdependent effort at the onset with the goal of habitation on the moon.
Descriptors : *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *SPACE FLIGHT , CHINA , COMPETITION , COOPERATION , EUROPE , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , HISTORY , INDIA , JAPAN , LESSONS LEARNED , MOON , RUSSIA , SPACE STATIONS , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE