International Cooperation in Space Exploration: Lessons from the Past and Perspectives for the Future

  • Alain Dupas
Part of the Yearbook on Space Policy book series (YEARSPACE)


What will be the proper framework for international cooperation in space exploration in the coming decades? This question appears simple but it is in fact extremely complex, and addressing it requires the careful examination of what is meant by the words and expressions used in the sentence. Even the meaning of space exploration is open to discussion: does it refer to the robotic exploration of the physical bodies of the solar system (Moon, planets, asteroids, comets), to the human exploration of those bodies (which will however be limited to the Moon, Mars and possibly some Near-Earthfc Objects (NEOs) in the foreseeable future), or both?


International Cooperation Space Exploration International Space Station European Space Agency Space Shuttle 
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