Lyinginbedmon wrote:Exachix, what you describe is one of the bigger issues behind the series Planetes, which regards a team that cleans up orbiting space trash to prevent Kessler syndrome, and there's actually a terrorist group that things mankind should stay on Earth until they figure out how to live together responsibly. It also had the backdrop that space travel had become heavily invested in the private sector, with people going on holidays to the moon and taking high-altitude flights between places on Earth.
In the end, I really like how the whole resource issue was addressed. A political agreement was made that the resources harvested from space would be given to Earth nations based on their population, not their actual economic contribution to space exploration and such. It wasn't a full-blown stop to the debate, but it was an excellent foundation for resolving it.
I think once more of Earth gets moving into space, either by developing the technology independently or by piggy-backing onto NASA or some other manner, humankind is going to start realising there's not much separation between them, either in the cold darkness of space, or on the warm homeland of Earth.
I will look into it, sounds interesting.
I would remind people that ESA (European Space Agency) are also working on other space projects (Ariene Launches, Rosetta); although a lot of projects are a joint venture (SOHO, Herschel, many others). There are alot of other space agencies, but I'm under the impression many are just satellite-based.