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
    4. Richard Tremayne-Smith
      Pages 128-134
    5. Gabriella Cortellessa, Amedeo Cesta, Angelo Oddi
      Pages 135-147
    6. Frans G. von der Dunk
      Pages 148-161
  6. Second Odyssey: Humans in Space Exploration: What Effects Will It Have?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Jean-Pierre Swings
      Pages 165-166
    3. Ulrike M. Bohlmann
      Pages 182-195
  7. Third Odyssey: Humans Migrating the Earth: How Will It Affect Human Thought?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Jean-Claude Worms
      Pages 199-201
    3. Debbora Battaglia
      Pages 220-226
  8. The Vienna Vision on Humans in Outer Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Pages 229-233
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 234-246

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 Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-211-87464-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-211-87465-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1868-5307
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