28 October 2008. ESPI and the European Science Foundation (ESF) today presented the book “Humans in Outer Space – Interdisciplinary Odysseys” published by SpringerWienNewYork during a meeting at the International Council for Science in Paris.
This book is the first in the newly established series “Studies in Space Policy”, which is edited by ESPI and published by SpringerWienNewYork (related webnews here). It is based on a conference ESPI jointly organized with the European Science Foundation with the support of ESA and the Austrian government in October 2007 in Vienna. It was the first comprehensive trans-disciplinary dialogue on humans in outer space. This dialogue, now contained in the book, goes further than regarding humans as better-than-robot tools for space exploration. It investigates the human quest for odysseys beyond Earth’s atmosphere and reflects also on the implications of finding extraterrestrial life.
The book is co-edited by Luca Codignola, Head of the Institute of History of Mediterranean Europe of the National Research Council, Genoa, and Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Director of ESPI. They were supported by Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, Executive Officer of the Space Generation Advisory Council (which is hosted by ESPI) and ESPI research Fellow Nicolas Peter. From ESF’s side Monique van Donzel and Jean-Claude Worms, the respective Heads of the Humanities and the Space Science Units were the guiding participants in this project.
During the book presentation from left to right: Jean Claude Worms, Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, Luca Codignola, Monique van Donzel (not on the photo: Nicolas Peter)
Contributors to the book at the 2007 conference in Vienna