A Scenario for Interstellar Exploration and Its Financing by Giovanni F. BignamiA Scenario for Interstellar Exploration and Its Financing by Giovanni F. Bignami

A Scenario for Interstellar Exploration and Its Financing

byGiovanni F. Bignami

Paperback | May 1, 2013

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This book develops a credible scenario for interstellar exploration and colonization. In so doing, it examines: . the present situation and prospects for interstellar exploration technologies; . where to go: the search for habitable planets; . the motivations for space travel and colonization; . the financial mechanisms required to fund such enterprises. The final section of the book analyzes the uncertainties surrounding the presented scenario. The purpose of building a scenario is not only to pinpoint future events but also to highlight the uncertainties that may propel the future in different directions. Interstellar travel and colonization requires a civilization in which human beings see themselves as inhabitants of a single planet and in which global governance of these processes is conducted on a cooperative basis. The key question is, then, whether our present civilization is ready for such an endeavor, reflecting the fact that the critical uncertainties are political and cultural in nature. It is written in such a way as to allow the non-professional reader to become part of the debate on the future of space programs.
Prof. Andrea Sommariva is an international economist, specializing in International Finance and International Monetary Policy. In the past, he worked as Economist at the International Monetary Fund, Economic Advisor at the Italian Ministry of Treasury, Senior Financial Advisor at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Sen...
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Title:A Scenario for Interstellar Exploration and Its FinancingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:109 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0 inPublished:May 1, 2013Publisher:Springer MilanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:8847053366

ISBN - 13:9788847053366

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Motivations for space exploration and colonization.- Where to go: the search for habitable planets.- Interstellar exploration technologies.- Financing of space exploration and colonization.- The uncertainties.