Mass human migrations into outer space may begin this century! Are Earth’s inhabitants prepared for this next giant leap? Millions of tax dollars are being employed in NASA and Defense Department research facilities to answer this urgent question.
Can humankind migrate to space intelligently, in a civilized manner without real Star Wars? Are these justifiable economic, political, and philosophical reasons for undertaking such a vast project? What legal and institutional implications will surface in distinguishing Earthkind from Spacekind? The immediate and long-range effects of space migration—on earth and its inhabitants, on the solar system and its pioneers—are brought into sharp focus here, within the perspective of the heated debates now taking place in the highest government, scientific, business, and academic circles.
From the development of the space shuttle Enterprise and the uses and objectives of the Space Transportation System to the U.S. and Soviet space arsenals of hunter-killer satellites and Fractional Orbit Bombardment Systems (FOBS)—all known aspects of space migration and colonization are examined and presented with a depth and clarity appreciated by laymen, popular scientist, and aerospace engineer alike.
Jerome Clayton Glenn’s primary interest is to simplify futures research and publicize future opportunities that are both creative and practical. His work experience reflects this interest.
As an early leader in the effort to future-orient all instruction (as distinct from simply teaching futures “courses”), he created and directed the Consortium for the Futures in Education. Jerry then moved on the become SYNCON coordinator and director of the New Worlds Training and Education Center for the Committee for the Future in Washington, D. C. In addition, he has written articles that have appeared in Technological Forecasting & Social Change, The Futurist, and Instructor, and was honored by Saturday Review as one of the unusually gifted young leaders in America in December 1974.
Jerry Glenn is currently executive director of the Future Options Room in Washington, D. C. and is serving on the board of directors for the High Frontiers Foundation and Protronics, Inc.
George S. Robinson has served for the past eight years as Assistant General Counsel of the Smithsonian Institution. Before that he was legal counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration and an international relations specialist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He engages in a broad domestic and international law practice and serves as counsel for many of the Smithsonian’s scientific research programs. Dr. Robinson has written over 30 articles and books dealing with the law of space. His broad legal and technical background, and Glenn’s expertise as a futurist, complement each other perfectly.