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In this Perspective, space researchers at the RAND Corporation identify space sustainability, security, and governance concepts that they believe are worthy of future research. Each concept reflects a topic that RAND has not researched in depth before.

The researchers provide brief summaries and potential avenues for research on the following topics: opportunities for the United States to shape international norms in space, sustainable governance frameworks for lunar resource use, bioengineering and automation for reliable space-based environments, the development of a Space Rescue Service, the use of space mirrors, and space-based solar power.

This work was sponsored by internal management funding and conducted within the Acquisition and Technology Policy Program of the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD).

This commentary is part of the RAND expert insight series. RAND Expert Insights present perspectives on timely policy issues. All RAND Expert Insights undergo peer review to ensure high standards for quality and objectivity.

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