"The Cold Equations" contrasts life on earth with life in the space frontier. In what important ways are those settings different?

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The central difference, which of course relates to the title of this chilling short story, is that life in the space frontier is much harsher and crueller than life on earth. Note how the narrator tells us, as Barton contemplates the way he must eject his stowaway into space to face a certain death, that this was the "law" and there was no "appeal":

It was a law not of men's...

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