A Space Policy Primer: Key Concepts, Issues, and Actors

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Key concepts and common nomenclature for thinking about space, an overview of international space law, and key questions confronting the United States and other countries today are discussed in this second edition of the space policy primer. It also provides a brief sketch of how the U.S. government is organized to address these difficult space policy questions and touches on the rationales for investing in space activities. While this primer by no means has touched on every important concept, rationale, actor, or issue, it hopefully makes a small contribution to the discussion on how the United States, and the world, moves ahead in space.


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