Maritime exploration, polar expeditions and space colonisation

Historical and cultural analogies of the Great Age of Discovery – In the historical records of the great age of exploration, we find several accounts of human failures, equipment dysfunctions and other disasters. In learning from history, there are at least  two broad fields where the analysis of historical accounts combined with socio-cultural insights seem to be relevant also in the new era of exploration:

  • Space Exploration vs. Commercial Exploitation: quests for commercial expansion, planetary protection, use of natural resources in space, ethics and conduct of governmental & private activities.
  • Space Travel & Settlements: survival in extreme conditions and hostile environment, group psychology and resource management.

The idea to use historical and cultural stories about naval and polar exploration stems from Klara’s personal interest in Arctic and Antarctic expeditions and maritime exploration.

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