Ethics: Asteroid mining in the current world system

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This paper is complete with an abstract. It discusses the ethics of asteroid mining in the current world. This paper is great for philosophy assignments, and the 1300 words could also be used for any type of critical thinking.

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Ethics: Asteroid mining in the current world system.AbstractThe world is making leaps and bounds in space research; however, with research comescommercialization. As scientific progress takes place, one is confronted by a new class ofethical dilemmas; are we ready to exploit the vast universe for our own ends? In this paper, Iexplore the ethics of asteroid mining, especially the proposed process of capturing near-Earthasteroids. I argue that the world is not ready for large-scale space commercialization and wemust treat the final frontier as a research-only destination, keeping in mind the fragmentedstate of the world. The decision should also factor in the tendency of large corporations,driven by profit-making mechanisms, to exploit and compete with scientific research onasteroids. There needs to be policies made for the regulation of such activities and decisionsmade to ensure that, like Antarctica, space is not fought over for the availability of rawmaterial.1|PageIntroductionAsteroids are celestial objects, also referred to as minor planets. Most asteroids arefound between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter and these small objects vary in shape and size.They can be classified into 3 types, based on their spectra. These types are the C type, theS type and the M type. The most common type of asteroids is the C type, carbonaceouschondrite meteorites. These meteorites are made up of tiny millimetre-sized spheres of rockand carbonace

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