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Ethical Challenges in Human Space Missions: A Space Refuge, Scientific Value, and Human Gene Editing for Space

Szocik, K; Norman, Z; Reiss, MJ; (2019) Ethical Challenges in Human Space Missions: A Space Refuge, Scientific Value, and Human Gene Editing for Space. Science and Engineering Ethics 10.1007/s11948-019-00131-1. (In press).

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Abstract

This article examines some selected ethical issues in human space missions including human missions to Mars, particularly the idea of a space refuge, the scientific value of space exploration, and the possibility of human gene editing for deep-space travel. Each of these issues may be used either to support or to criticize human space missions. We conclude that while these issues are complex and context-dependent, there appear to be no overwhelming obstacles such as cost effectiveness, threats to human life or protection of pristine space objects, to sending humans to space and to colonize space. The article argues for the rationality of the idea of a space refuge and the defensibility of the idea of human enhancement applied to future deep-space astronauts.

Type: Article
Title: Ethical Challenges in Human Space Missions: A Space Refuge, Scientific Value, and Human Gene Editing for Space
DOI: 10.1007/s11948-019-00131-1
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-019-00131-1
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Space ethics, Space refuge, Human mission to Mars, Human enhancement, Gene editing, Bioethics, Future studies
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081208
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