Space Ethics


Space Ethics researchers Stephen Coleman and Nikki Coleman, in collaboration with scholars from the Consortium for Emerging Technologies Military Operations and National Security (CETMONS) in the United States, are examining a wide variety of ethical issues relating to space. Some questions currently being considered include: 

  • What are the ethical challenges arising from the use of space in armed conflict?  

  • Is there a fair process for ownership of space 'real estate'? 

  • What are the ethical challenges regarding medical experimentation on astronauts? 

  • How safe should space travel (or space tourism) be? 

  • Should we worry about damaging space environments? 

CETMONS is a multidisciplinary organisation comprised of institutions and individuals in academia, the military and other branches of government together with the private sector who are engaged in research, teaching, public education and outreach, policy-making, and policy advising on ethical, legal, social, and policy issues raised by emerging military technologies.