A Constellation of Dreamers: Advancing Space Exploration through Democratization
The New Space industry gives us an opportunity to prioritize a new generation of space exploration, driven less by military and state needs and more by commercial and private interests. Despite progress, space remains inaccessible to many, with only six nations sending astronauts to space in 2021. To prevent underrepresented demographics from being excluded, the Spring Institute aims to democratize space creating opportunities for engagement for individuals from diverse nationalities and disciplines - and to do it in such a way that enables them to return their knowledge and experience to their homes. We do so by creating and collaborating on projects, proposals, and grants; as well as hosting events like hackathon challenges with local organizations, universities, and governments to encourage action in communities. Some of The Spring Institute's goals being to generate usable data for citizen science initiatives, leveraging their network and skills imparted by these collaborations. By championing the strength and resilience afforded by a diverse community of scientists, engineers, artists, and dreamers, The Spring Institute for Forests on the Moon will accomplish its objective of building a functional ecosystem in a lunar environment. We hope to inspire generations to continue looking towards the stars that are our shared cultural heritage.
Patrick Grubbs, University of Arizona, USA
Anatole Trepos, The Spring Institute for Forests on the Moon, France
Florent Bourlette, The Spring Institute for Forests on the Moon, France
Tarek Ben Slimane, Centre Spatial Ecole Polytechnique Palaiseau, France
Louise Fleischer, The Spring Institute for Forests on the Moon, France
ICES307: Collaboration, Education Outreach, and Public Engagement
The 52nd International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Calgary, Canada, on 16 July 2023 through 20 July 2023.