We live in exciting times, and space is becoming more important than ever. In the not-so-distant future, we may witness humans being casually launched into low Earth orbit for spring break, as well as prospecting, colonizing, and even terraforming our neighboring planets.
This may sound like a blast, but the value of space exploration goes even beyond interplanetary tourism, mining, and colonization. Consider that there are over a thousand satellites integral to such things as modern communications and weather prediction, while the International Space Station moonlights as a zero-gravity laboratory for cutting-edge medical research. Space isn’t just about space: it’s about Earth, and regular people like you.
As space missions become increasingly ambitious and blossom into reality, it becomes ever more vital for the public to pay attention. Why? Because when humanity reaches these historic space milestones it is crucial that all people benefit from our collective inheritance of the universe, not just a select few with the means and technological access. From dangerous orbital pollution (“space junk”) to for-profit asteroid-mining, humanity is in need of a just legal framework to govern these activities and to hold future space tycoons accountable.
The vision of the Astro Ledger Institute is to use creativity and collaboration to bring these abstract issues back down to earth. That’s what inspired the Astro Ledger trading cards, a totally new take on star catalogs. By allowing regular netizens to name actual stars and other space objects, we are nurturing an awareness of our collective stake in the Solar System.
To read more about other projects we support, skip down to the section on GRANTS. To participate as an artist, check out ARTISTS & PRESS. Also, you can enjoy more rambling about space on our BLOG.
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