The necessity to mobilise resources for space research is a topic that comes up quite often, with government funding being the focus of debate.
Down to Earth examines the ways citizens are familiarised with space research. The project and the accompanying paper intends to question the means employed for the funding of space research (mostly for purposes of extraction) by mobilising a discussion around potential disasters, e.g. in the case of the asteroids. We highlight the fine line between educating and using methods that intend to terrify citizens.
The project provides a digital platform that creates scenarios of catastrophe on demand, according to which, an asteroid hits a selected place.
Appearances: 66th International Astronautical Congress, Conference proceedings