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From archeologist Andrew Reinhard comes these resources on the archeology in (and of) video games, including field reports from the procedurally generated planets of No Man's Sky:
See also: 

"Exploring Simulated Game Worlds: Ethics in the No Man's Sky Archaeological Survey", by Catherine Flick, L. Meghan Dennis, and Andrew Reinhard, The Orbit Journal 1:2 (2017)

and Archaeogaming: An Introduction to Archaeology in and of Video Games (Berghahn Books, 2018)

The transformative value of liberating Mars

An article by Jacob Haqq-Misra, abstract below:

Humanity has the knowledge to solve its problems but lacks the moral insight to implement these ideas on a global scale. New moral insight can be obtained through transformative experiences that allow us to examine and refine our underlying preferences, and the eventual landing of humans on Mars will be of tremendous transformative value. Before such an event, I propose that we liberate Mars from any controlling interests of Earth and allow Martian settlements to develop into a second independent instance of human civilization. Such a designation is consistent with the Outer Space Treaty and allows Mars to serve as a test bed and point of comparison by which to learn new information about the phenomenon of civilization. Rather than develop Mars through a series of government and corporate colonies, let us steer the future by liberating Mars and embracing the concept of planetary citizenship.

Environmental ethics in outer space

Click here to read an abstract on Andrea Owe's work for the 2018 European Planetary Science Conference on "Environmental ethics in outer space - Long term sustainability of the human species".

There Are Hundreds of Billions of Galaxies. Where Are All the Aliens?

A webcomic about aliens and assumptions by Maki Naro and Matthew Francis!

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

A document a long time coming.

Towards an international framework on "space resource activities"

From the The Hague International Space Resources Governance Working Group, draft building blocks for the development of an international framework on space resource activities.