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Human Enhancements for Space Missions

Lunar, Martian, and Future Missions to the Outer Planets


  • A unique book discussing the idea of human enhancement for purposes of space missions

  • The best guide in rationale and the future directions for human space missions

  • Points out radical ethical challenges of manned deep-space missions

Part of the book series: Space and Society (SPSO)

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv

About this book

This book presents a collection of chapters, which address various contexts and challenges of the idea of human enhancement for the purposes of human space missions. The authors discuss pros and cons of mostly biological enhancement of human astronauts operating in hostile space environments, but also ethical and theological aspects are addressed. In contrast to the idea and program of human enhancement on Earth, human enhancement in space is considered a serious and necessary option. This book aims at scholars in the following fields: ethics and philosophy, space policy, public policy, as well as biologists and psychologists.


  • Mission to Mars
  • Human space missions
  • Human enhancement
  • Space policy
  • Space program
  • Space settlement
  • Space environment
  • Space radiation
  • research ethics

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Social Sciences, University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow, Rzeszów, Poland

    Konrad Szocik

About the editor

Konrad Szocik (born 1985 in Żary, Poland) received his PhD in Philosophy (Faculty of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland). Currently, he is assistant professor at the University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów, and editor of the “Studia Humana” journal. Research areas include space philosophy and space ethics (mainly the idea of human enhancement for space), and cognitive and evolutionary study of religion.

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