Space Exploration and Sustainable Development

How does space exploration and development impact progress towards achieving the UN SDGs?

This project strives to understand how space exploration can support an equitable and sustainable future aligned with global environmental and social goals. This study uses the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s as a framework for research that will inform the creation of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) benchmarks to guide the burgeoning space industry towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices at an early stage of industry development. 

Key Accomplishments

  • The Ars Electronica Festival Director invited members of our Space Exploration and Sustainable Development pilot project to display their exhibition in Linz, Austria.
  • VR Exhibit featured in the ESPRONCEDA – Institute of Art & Culture “Digital Awareness Exhibition: From Education to Social Impact and Human Identity”, June 10 – June 18, 2022, in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Completed filming their video series on “People with Disabilities in Space,” featuring Ann Kapusta of AstroAcces.
  • Presented a paper entitled, “From Apollo to Artemis: A product archeology study of gender-inclusive technologies for human spaceflight” at the upcoming Society for Social Studies of Science Conference from November 8-11, 2023  in Honolulu, HI.
  • Completed the 1st and 2nd Pass coding work for a space corporate social responsibility.
  • Finished scripting and filming 60% of the total videos for the project.

Project contact: 

Eric Stribling

Funding years:




Team members

Eric Stribling


Diana Ayton-Shenker

CEO Leonardo

Matthew Robinson

Associate Director New Media, ASU EdPlus

Ricardo Leon

Senior Multimedia Developer, ASU EdPlus

Amanda Kehrber

PhD Student, ASU Cronkite School

Athena Brensberger


Lindsey Tober


Amy Manzanero


Amber Lucky


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