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By Luca Codignola (auth.), Luca Codignola, Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, Nicolas Peter (eds.)

The space-faring international locations are heading for the human exploration of the Moon, Mars and Near-Earth items. they may be quickly ready in regards to expertise improvement. yet additionally they have to enjoy the humanities (history, philosophy, anthropology), the humanities in addition to the social sciences (political technology, economics, legislation) to enforce their plans. the eu technological know-how beginning (ESF), the ecu area company (ESA), and the ecu house coverage Institute (ESPI), supported through the Austrian Ministry for delivery, Innovation and expertise, have prepared the 1st finished trans-disciplinary discussion on people in outer house. This discussion is going extra than concerning people as better-than-robot instruments for exploration. It investigates the human quest for odysseys past Earth's surroundings and displays additionally at the implications of discovering extraterrestrial life.

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Said microbes had not travelled millions of kilometers but only a meter or two. Absolute sterilization is hard to maintain in practice, and the Apollo 12 astronauts and their aides were thoroughly human and therefore prone to error (Apollo). We humans are inclined to think of the Earth in terms of humans and most certainly of multi-cellular life. The truth is that it is the bacteria planet. Here life in one-cell packages encompasses over 90% of genetic diversity and an overwhelming majority of the total biomass.

Artist’s impression of ‘nulling interferometry’ (source: Darwin, looking for Earth-like planets. ESA Science and Technology. ). sensitivity of this yet unproven method will have become sufficiently high, one may succeed in finding the spectral signatures of key atmospheric constituents such as ozone and water. 25 Besides CO2, which is present in all three atmospheres, only that of Earth contains the absorption bands of ozone and water vapour. With all the new insights to be eventually gained with the availability of such advanced detection methods, one can hardly hope to discover direct signatures of life.

Infectious disease? After 1778 the Hawaiians were in ever increasing contact with people from lands with big human populations, particularly dense in the ports, and large herds of livestock with which humans exchanged diseases. To cite a specific example of what could happen, take the case of King Liholiho and Queen Kamamalu, who sailed to Britain early in the 19th century. Both died in London in 1824 of measles, a disease yet to debark in their islands. Early in the 19th century, 1804 perhaps, there was an epidemic of the semi-mythic oku’u, about which science knows nothing, but which Hawaiian tradition credits as being particularly fatal.

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