‘No Conscience of Its Own’: The Need for Global Space Ethics Review

  • Evie KendalEmail author
Part of the Space and Society book series (SPSO)


Global space ethics review offers a method of protecting terrestrial and extraterrestrial interests during human interactions with space and celestial objects. This chapter considers how a robust space ethics review system could be developed and monitored over time to ensure adherence to ethical principles. After briefly introducing the concept of space ethics, this chapter considers various methods of asteroid deflection, evaluating whether these could be ethically acceptable. It then continues by identifying some potential threats to human health and wellbeing posed by space exploration, including risks to global biosecurity, before outlining the proposed global space ethics review process intended to avoid or mitigate these risks.


Space ethics Research ethics ELSI Bioethics Ethics review 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bioethics and Health HumanitiesDeakin University School of MedicineWaurn PondsAustralia

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