About this Research Topic
We invite contributions to this Research Topic covering space resources and their effect on planetary sustainability in the broadest sense. Under planetary sustainability we understand a consideration of sustainability matters conscious of the fact that Earth is a planet with a space environment. Space resources include both orbital space resources (e.g. room for satellites and space-faring) as well as water, ores, other organic and an-organic materials situated in space, on the moon or other celestial bodies.
The aim of the collection is to foster a discussion of the interrelation of the use of space resources with the important issue of planetary sustainability.
This Research Topic welcome contributions around (but not limited to) the following themes:
- The availability of space resources, their accessibility, and their impact on planet Earth.
- The best use of space resources for humankind, both ethically and practically.
- Considerations of challenges and opportunities like space debris, planetary protection, the return of humans to the Moon, etc.
We welcome all article types viable for Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences.
Cover image credited to NASA.
Keywords: space resources, planetary sustainability, planetary protection, space debris, return to the Moon
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.