Protecting the Planet or Destroying the Universe? Understanding Reactions to Space Mining

  title={Protecting the Planet or Destroying the Universe? Understanding Reactions to Space Mining},
  author={Matthew J. Hornsey and Kelly S. Fielding and Emily A. Harris and Paul G. Bain and Tim Grice and Cassandra M. Chapman},
There is currently a surge in interest from both private and government sectors in developing technology for mining asteroids and the moon (“space mining”). One of the key benefits highlighted by advocates of space mining is that it minimizes the usual problems associated with mining on earth in terms of pollution, environmental degradation, and encroachment on human habitats. Two studies—one conducted on a 27-nation sample (N = 4819), the other conducted in the U.S. (N = 607)—provide the first… 

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