Lunar Exploration Ethics Panel

How do we create a sustainable and ethical
long-term presence on the surface of the Moon?

With the Artemis program, NASA is planning on returning humans to the Moon’s surface and establishing a base camp in the near future. This panel aims to tackle the ethical, sociopolitical, environmental, and cultural implications of humans attempting to maintain a sustained presence on the surface of the Moon. The panel will allow early career lunar scientists and engineers to discuss with experts how they can help shape the future of lunar exploration to be more sustainable, ethical, and inclusive.

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Event Details

November 2, 2021
12 PM EDT / 9 AM PDT /  4 PM GMT
Expected duration: 1.5 hours

Please note that we ask about NextGen status in our registration. You are considered 'NextGen' if you are currently enrolled as a student or are <10 years post-terminal degree. We ask this question for two reasons: (1) to track NextGen engagement, and (2) to amplify NextGen voices in the panel. Early-career-identified participants will get priority in having their questions answered. Non-early-career attendees are welcome and encouraged to ask questions as well, while keeping in mind that this event is run by and for the next generation of the lunar community.

All participants will be expected to follow the NextGen Code of Conduct:

The Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers group expects organizers and participants alike to contribute to a harassment-free environment for all. While attending a NextGen event, workshop, networking function,  online forum, chat room, social media, or other NextGen related activities, organizers and participants should not engage in harassment in any form. As a group we aim to share ideas and freedom of thought and expression, and it is essential that the interactions between members within and others outside of the group take place in an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person by being respectful of all.

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Agenda (Times in EDT)

12:00: Welcome and code of conduct.

12:05: Introductions and opening remarks from panelists (5 min each).

12:25: Submitted and prepared questions.

12:45: Open discussion and Q&A. Questions from audience will be given priority based on NextGen status.

13:15: Closing remarks from panelists (3 min each) and closing from hosts.

13:30: End.


Anuradha Damale

Anuradha is part of the Verification and Monitoring Programme at VERTIC. Her areas of research include nuclear disarmament verification and space safety and security. She was previously Chair of UKSEDS, the UK's National Space Charity, and is currently the Director of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security in the UK. She holds a BSc in Physics from Durham University and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. As a technical and policy expert, she focuses on applying systems theories to technological and policy artefacts and environments, particularly outer space. 

Michelle Hanlon

Michelle L.D. Hanlon is Co-Director of the Air and Space Law Program at the University of Mississippi School of Law and its Center for Air and Space Law.  She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Law, the world’s oldest law journal dedicated to the legal problems arising out of human activities in outer space and the Faculty Advisor for its sister publication, the Journal of Drone Law and Policy.  Michelle is a Co-Founder and President of For All Moonkind, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that is the only organization in the world focused on protecting human cultural heritage in outer space.  In this capacity, she was instrumental in the development of the recently enacted One Small Step Act in the United States.  For All Moonkind has been recognized by the United Nations as a Permanent Observer to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.  Michelle is the President of the National Space Society and the mentor to the newly-formed National Space Society Legal Fellows program.  She was recently appointed to The Hague Institute for Global Justice Off-World Approach project.   

Michelle received her B.A. in Political Science from Yale College and her J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center.  She earned her LLM in Air and Space Law from McGill University.  

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AJ Link

AJ Link (he/him) is openly autistic. He received his JD from The George Washington University Law School. His studies focused extensively on disability law, international human rights, and space law. AJ is currently pursuing an LL.M in Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law. 

 AJ was awarded the Michael Dillon Cooley Memorial Award by his graduating class at GW Law for his compassion and humanity in serving his fellow students. He has also been inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame. He serves on several advisory boards that focus on disability advocacy, social justice, and space policy.  

AJ is the founding president of the National Disabled Law Students Association and currently serves as the inaugural director of The Center for Air and Space Law Task Force on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Aerospace. He also works as a research director for the Jus Ad Astra project. 

Dr. Natalie Treviño

Dr. Natalie B. Treviño is a critical space theorist and award-winning educator. She was awarded her PhD from Western University for research on coloniality and futures in space exploration and policy. She is currently an independent researcher and public speaker working on the manuscript for her first book, The Cosmos is not Finished.

Interested in this topic and want more?  Consider also attending the virtual Lunar Surface Science Workshop on Inclusive Lunar Exploration, to be held January 26–27, 2022.