Interview: Decolonise Space

Sirenum fossae, a qudrangle of Mars. It looks like a giant crator on the bright red landscape

I was interviewed by Newsweek on the inequalities embedded into the way people imagine colonising other planets. I discussed how the language we use about ‘colonising’ Mars whitewashes the history of colonialism on Earth:

‘“Language is one of the ways in which we shape our social reality,” Zuleyka Zevallos, a sociologist at Swinburne University in Australia, told Newsweek. That means using terms like colonise carries real risks. “The history of colonialism has taught us that there is no democratic way to colonise other lands,” she said. “It is about profit, and profit always marginalises minorities.”’

Read this insightful article featuring other experts, here.

Interview: Making New Worlds

Close up of astronaut's reflection on their helmet, as they work in space

I’m featured in the first episode of Making New Worlds, a podcast inviting experts from different fields to discuss the ethics of colonising other planets.

The issue we discuss is not about scientific space exploration (collecting data about other planets), but whether it is ethical for humans to settle in Mars or other planets. My responses represent sociological considerations about the inequality that is inherent in colonialism. The quotes below are excerpts from me; listen to the entire podcast in the link.

Picture of terrain on Mars, showing an aerial view of what appears to be sea, land and clouds. A quote from me is overlaid over the top, from the article, “And there is something profoundly unethical ... on our own planet.”
Ethics of colonising other planets

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Latina in STEM

I’m super excited to be talking with fellow Latina and STEM woman Candy Torres! I’m co-hosting this with Buddhini Samarasinghe. Join us at STEM Women on G+ to learn more about Candy’s career and her advocacy for Latina youth in engineering and the space program!

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Disasters Charter

Head to the BBC to hear Dr Alice Bunn from the UK Space Agency discuss how international collaboration between space agencies has assisted over 300 natural disasters in over 100 countries, including the Haiti and Japanese disasters.. This is known as the Disasters Charter.

Satellites have been useful in identifying other potential environmental threats, such as deforestation and illegal logging in Brazil, and it is also vital for research in difficult to reach terrains, such as the Antarctic.