Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

NASA, with support from Bryce Space and Technology, has developed a map capturing a cultural perspective of locations in the solar system and points beyond. The Strategic Geography of the Solar System and Beyond was produced for NASA Space and Technology Mission Directorate Office of Emerging Space.

The map’s emphasis is on three parts of human geography:

— strategic geography (control of, or access to, spatial areas that have an impact on the security and prosperity of nations),

— economic geography (patterns of trade and finance, infrastructure and facilities that contribute to the economy of a region), and

— social geography (interaction of social processes, cultural products and norms and their variations).

Unique in that it is not strictly science or engineering focused, the wall chart is designed to elicit discussion and creative thinking about our future in space.

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