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Author Lupisella, Mark ♦ Logsdon, John
Source CiteSeerX
Content type Text
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Cautious Exploratory Approach ♦ Concrete Term ♦ Rigorous Scientific Attention ♦ Possible Indigenous Extraterrestrial Life ♦ Human Space Exploration ♦ Critical Role ♦ Value System ♦ First Human Mission ♦ Extraterrestrial Life Form ♦ Unique Microbial Life Form ♦ Life Bearing Planet ♦ Cosmocentric Ethic ♦ Martian Origin ♦ Policy Nature ♦ Extraterrestrial Intelligence ♦ Unknown Aspect ♦ Extraterrestrial Life ♦ Extraterrestrial Fossilized Remains ♦ Many Question
Description The discovery of what may be extraterrestrial fossilized remains of unique microbial life forms in a meteorite of Martian origin throws into much more concrete terms than previously the issues regarding our interaction with extraterrestrial life forms. In pursuit of these questions, we assess the need for a cosmocentric ethic which establishes the universe as the priority in a value system. As a lens through which to view the title of this paper, we consider the question of whether human space exploration and/or settlement of Mars should take priority over preserving possible indigenous extraterrestrial life. We ask many questions of a planning and policy nature and suggest that the unknown aspects of interaction with extraterrestrial life suggest the need for rigorous scientific attention as well as a cautious exploratory approach as we prepare our first human mission to a potentially life bearing planet. We explore the critical role of values and suggest that a cosmocentric ethic may be useful in exploring such issues as well as issues associated with other areas such as the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1997-01-01