Humans in Outer Space — Interdisciplinary Odysseys

  • Editors
  • Luca Codignola
  • Kai-Uwe Schrogl
  • Agnieszka Lukaszczyk
  • Nicolas Peter

Part of the Studies in Space Policy book series (STUDSPACE, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Setting The Scene

  3. Can We Compare?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Monique van Donzel
      Pages 57-58
    3. Gísli Pálsson
      Pages 69-81
  4. ’Spatiality’ — Space As A Source of Inspiration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Olivier Francis
      Pages 93-93
  5. First Odyssey: Humans in Earth Orbit: what Effect does It Have?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Marcel Egli
      Pages 121-123
    3. Claude Nicollier
      Pages 124-127

About this book


The space-faring nations are heading for the human exploration of the Moon, Mars and Near-Earth Objects. They might be soon prepared with regard to technology development. But they also need to benefit from the humanities (history, philosophy, anthropology), the arts as well as the social sciences (political science, economics, law) to implement their plans. The European Science Foundation (ESF), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), supported by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, have organized the first comprehensive trans-disciplinary dialogue on humans in outer space. This dialogue goes further than regarding humans as better-than-robot tools for exploration. It investigates the human quest for odysseys beyond Earth's atmosphere and reflects also on the implications of finding extraterrestrial life.


Policy Political Science outer space politics space space exploration spaceflight

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Vienna 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-211-87464-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-211-87465-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1868-5307
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