Space Science, Environmental Ethics, and Policy

The Center for Environmental Philosophy, in conjunction with University of North Texas Department of Philosophy, the SWRI Center for Space Exploration Policy Research, and the National Space Society, is holding a conference April 11 - 14, 2007 on questions lying at the intersection of space science, environmental ethics, and policy. This conference, funded by the National Science Foundation Social and Economic Sciences Program, "Ethics and Values in Science, Engineering, and Technology," will revisit many of the themes first explored in a previous 1985 NSF-sponsored conference on "Environmental Ethics and the Solar System," the proceedings of which were published as Beyond Spaceship Earth: Environmental Ethics and the Solar System (1986), a book which for two decades has been a primary reference for discussions of ethical issues related to the space program.

This new conference and subsequent edited volume will take into account the major changes that have taken place since the mid-1980s in relation to space science and space exploration, including President Bush's announced plans in January 2004 to create a base on the Moon and send a manned mission to Mars.

The conference will be held at the NASA Ames Conference Center, 25.4 miles south of the San Francisco International Airport, and 9.92 miles from the San Jose Airport. It begins at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13.

The conference will be open to the public. The registration fee is $140, which includes lunch on April 12 and 13, dinner on April 12, and a reception on April 11. Registration will end when 60 participants are registered.

Partipicants are expected to arrange their own hotel accommodations by staying in a hotel in the immediate area. All of the rooms at the NASA-Ames Lodge have already been taken by another conference.