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Student journal explores connections between politics and space

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Jeff Tyson

If someone committed a crime in outer space, whose laws would govern their punishment? Who owns the moon? Who decides how many satellites can be deployed in outer space? What happens when they fall?

A group of students interested in foreign relations, law, economics, the environment and the way they would play out in space has launched Cornell Cosmic, a journal dedicated to exploring these topics.

“They say that space is the new frontier and it really is,” said Yujing Wang ’20, a government major and Asian studies minor in the College of Arts and Sciences and a founder of the journal. She was inspired to start the journal after reading an article in the Economist magazine by a Russian scientist who discussed that country’s approach to space law.

“You can find several TED Talks about this and professors around the country working on issues of space law, but this is still very much an up-and-coming field,” said Wang, who works with a group of 10 other undergrads on the journal.

The first issue came out March 10 and feature four articles by undergraduate and graduate students from Cornell and other universities. Topics include scientific aspects of space exploration, foreign relations in space and climate change impacts on space exploration.

The journal received funding from the Student Assembly; the students running the journal plan to distribute copies on campus once a year and create a website.

- Kathy Hovis


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