Title

Meteors, Megacorperations, and Murder

School Name

South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Sociology

Presentation Type

Mentored

Abstract

This research centered on the discussion of ethical dilemmas in matters of astrobiology and space exploration. Due to the significant lack of legal precedent or ethical thought on matters in space, it is necessary to foster discussion to better handle potential situations that may arise. With wealthy individuals having plans in outer space, and discovery of extraterrestrial life expected soon, this is particularly pressing. The research consisted of reading prior discussions or writing in these areas, drafting cases and peer-reviewing with other research partners, and testing some outcomes through surveys. Employing these methods, three separate case studies were produced regarding issues of planetary value, outer-space labor relations, and legality versus ethicality when establishing space regulations. These case studies are designed to create discussion and discourse in an academic setting, and to bring the respective issues to light before real problems arise. Through the creation of these case studies insights were gained in terms of teaching perspectives, the basis or ethics as a whole, and the urgency of space ethics as an area of discussion. There is a wide variety of potential dilemmas regarding this issue, and this research only covers a small portion of space ethics.

Location

HSS 210

Start Date

4-2-2022 11:45 AM

Presentation Format

Oral Only

Group Project

Yes

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Apr 2nd, 11:45 AM

Meteors, Megacorperations, and Murder

HSS 210

This research centered on the discussion of ethical dilemmas in matters of astrobiology and space exploration. Due to the significant lack of legal precedent or ethical thought on matters in space, it is necessary to foster discussion to better handle potential situations that may arise. With wealthy individuals having plans in outer space, and discovery of extraterrestrial life expected soon, this is particularly pressing. The research consisted of reading prior discussions or writing in these areas, drafting cases and peer-reviewing with other research partners, and testing some outcomes through surveys. Employing these methods, three separate case studies were produced regarding issues of planetary value, outer-space labor relations, and legality versus ethicality when establishing space regulations. These case studies are designed to create discussion and discourse in an academic setting, and to bring the respective issues to light before real problems arise. Through the creation of these case studies insights were gained in terms of teaching perspectives, the basis or ethics as a whole, and the urgency of space ethics as an area of discussion. There is a wide variety of potential dilemmas regarding this issue, and this research only covers a small portion of space ethics.