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dc.contributor.authorCokley, John
dc.contributor.authorRankin, William
dc.contributor.authorMcAuliffe, Marisha
dc.contributor.authorHeinrich, Pauline
dc.contributor.authorHanrick, Phillipa
dc.contributor.editorTaylor, A
dc.contributor.editorCarson, DB
dc.contributor.editorEnsign, PC
dc.contributor.editorHuskey, L
dc.contributor.editorRasmussen, RO
dc.contributor.editorSaxinger, G
dc.description.abstractGovernments and intergovernmental organisations have long recognised that space communities – the ultimate settlements at the edge – will exist one day and have based their first plans for these on another region at the edge, the Antarctic. United States’ President Eisenhower proposed to the United Nations in 1960 that the principles of the Antarctic Treaty be applied to outer space and celestial bodies (State Department, n.d.). Three years later the UN adopted the Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space and in 1967 that became the Outer Space Treaty. According to the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, ‘the Treaty was opened for signature by the three depository Governments (the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States of America) in January 1967, and it entered into force in October 1967’ (Office for Outer Space Affairs, n.d.b). The status of the treaty (at time of writing) was 89 signatories and 102 parties (Office for Disarmament Affairs, n.d.). Other related instruments include the Rescue Agreement, the Liability Convention, the Registration Convention and the Moon Agreement (Office for Outer Space Affairs, n.d.a). Jumping to the present, a news agency reported in July 2014 (Reuters, 2014) that the British Government had shortlisted eight aerodromes in its search for a potential base for the UK’s first space-lane flights which Ministers want to happen by 2018 (UK Space Agency, 2014). The United States already has a spaceport, in New Mexico (Cokley et al., 2013). The rationale for this chapter is that space ports on Earth have a logical and inevitable extension: space ports in space, plans for which further suggest communities in space to support and staff those ports and by extension, communities that will grow from them. Space communities may face similar challenges to many in sparsely populated areas on Earth in attracting and retaining the 'right' people to facilitate growth (a core theme in Chapter 14 in this volume in relation to health professionals) and stability in population and viability. This chapter investigates how such space communities may develop and function by comparing to terrestrial remote communities and with an emphasis on the role of media businesses who are already investing in space travel (Cokley et al., 2013).
dc.publisherEdward Elgar Publishing
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleSettlements at the Edge: Remote Human Settlements in Developed Nations
dc.subject.fieldofresearchJournalism Studies
dc.titleThe ultimate edge: The case for planning media for sustaining space communities
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Chapters
dc.type.codeB - Book Chapters
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, Queensland College of Art
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorCokley, John D.

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