The public, whose support is needed to continue exploring outer space, will support outer space exploration when the social contract can demonstrably coexist with a process that increases the potential for a dignified life. Preferably, the development of space exploration starts with such a balance. Societies that deny the free flow of ideas will experience the opposite result. Over-restrictive policies, for example, illustrate how outer space exploration may interfere with reaching the resources found in that great expanse. Indeed, society's assessment of the Internet's development may predict society's assessment of outer space exploration. This article will address similarities and the need for appropriate management.
Governments and the private sector are at the center of this future management. Generally speaking, by acting in a managerial capacity, they both have the power to either propel humanity into space with expansionist policies or maroon our global society with repressive policies. But, neither are solely responsible because the future of space exploration rests with all humanity. Shared responsibility is central to the concept of a multi-stakeholder process.
This article also acknowledges the importance of space exploration and provides a view into the achievements of humanity. But, above all, this article explores the ideas and ideals of those engineers, astrophysicists, astronauts, radar technicians, and satellite technologists that have prepared humanity for future exploration and commercialization of this new frontier.