Space Science, Environmental Ethics, and Policy


  • Risk and human health in manned exploration;
  • the social, political, and economic dimensions of solar exploration;
  • the problem of orbital debris;
  • the building of a Moon base along with other private
    development on the Moon;
  • asteroid mining and asteroid and comet deflection;
  • planetary protection from biological contamination;
  • plans for the manned Mars mission proposed by President Bush;
  • issues related to the possible terraforming of Mars and other planets; the possibility of extraterrestrial life and the ethical issues that would be raised by the discovery of such life;
  • the aesthetic beauty of the Solar System; and
  • the privatization of space and space tourism.