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Dark Skies: Space Expansionism, Planetary Geopolitics, and the Ends of Humanity

Daniel Deudney


Dark Skies is the first work to assess the full impacts of space expansion, past, present, and future. Thinking about space, and the visions fervently promoted by the global space movement, is dominated by geographic misperceptions and utopian illusions. The parts of space where almost all activity has occurred are part of the planet Earth, its astrosphere, and, in practical terms, are smaller than the atmosphere. Contrary to frontier visions, orbital space is already congested and degraded with dangerous space debris. The largest impact of actual space activities is an increased likelihood of ... More

Keywords: geopolitics, nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, asteroids, orbital infrastructures, space colonization, world government, catastrophic and existential risks, species radiation, astrocide

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190903343
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190903343.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Deudney, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University