Earthlings have no vested interest in the status quo on Mars, and no one else appears to either.

Earthlings have no vested interest in the status quo on Mars, and no one else appears to either.

Before then, it is an ecological and economic free-for-all. Already, as Impey pointed off to the AAAS panel, private companies are engaged in a place race of sorts. For now, the viable ones operate with the blessing of NASA, catering directly to its (governmental) needs. However if capitalism becomes the force that is driving space travel – whether through luxury vacations into 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, is going to be vulnerable to shifting consistent with companies’ profit margins. Leia mais