The Fate of Freedom of a Space Exploration Mission Encountering Life and the Liberty of the "Encountered" Extra-Terrestrial Beings

F. Javier Martin-Torres*, Maria-Paz Zorzano

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

With the advent of new technologies and the flourishing of space travel and landing on other planets, the topic of finding life outside Earth has been attracting the attention of scientists. We are in the historical time where we must start posing and answering questions regarding the impact of discovering extraterrestrial life in space missions. This chapter revolves around the freedom of announcing scientific discoveries if extra-terrestrial life is encountered; and it is an attempt to pose questions and alert the scientific community and international authorities of the firm need to answer them before life is discovered on another planet. Further to this, we highlight the point of the lack of a current procedure in place in the case of discovery of "life" and the rights and liberties of such "life" discoveries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Meaning of Liberty Beyond Earth
EditorsCS Cockell
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Pages127-137
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-09566-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameSpace and Society
PublisherSPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN
ISSN (Print)2199-3882

Keywords

  • Space mission
  • Curiosity
  • Planetary protection
  • Extraterrestrial life
  • Encounter
  • MARS

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