Development of a Center for Space Exploration Policy Research at SwRI, 15-R9548
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Inclusive Dates: 06/15/05 Current
Background - The purpose of this project is to
establish a space science policy center at SwRI that will broaden SwRI's impact
on the U.S. space program. The project team staffs the Center for Space
Exploration Policy Research (CSEPR) in SwRI's Space Studies Department. This
center seeks to stimulate renewed reflection on the ethical, cultural, and
philosophic aspects of our nation's space policy. These investigations will
provide a larger context for the science research being conducted, completing
the cycle of knowledge by connecting scientific research to the concerns of the
citizens that fund this work.
Approach - The Center for Space Exploration
Policy Research will accomplish its goals by undertaking the following tasks:
- Establish CSEPR by creating a web site with
space policy resources and original work.
- Convene a multidisciplinary workshop on space
policy, ethics, history, and philosophy. The participants contribute
scholarly chapters to a peer-reviewed book to be published in 2007.
- Organize a series of public events that convene
expert panels to discuss the policy and ethics of space exploration.
Accomplishments - All tasks have either been
accomplished or are near completion.
- A comprehensive web site for CSEPR, with notices
about recent developments in space policy and an extensive bibliography, has
been developed and is maintained by the project manager. The site is
- A three-day workshop, Space Science,
Environmental Ethics, and Policy was held at NASA Ames Research Center April
11-13, 2007. Twelve of 14 chapters for the proceedings have been received
and reviewed. The book will be published by mid-2008. Details of the
workshop and archived video of the presentations are available at
- A public panel series, Beyond Earth: Ethical and
Political Choices in Space, consisting of four evening events at the Denver
of Museum of Nature and Science took place from April to October 2007.
Details of the series and streaming video of each event may be found at