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The Human Factor in a Mission to Mars

An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Konrad Szocik

Part of the Space and Society book series (SPSO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Environmental, Medical and Psychological Challenges of the Human Factor in a Mission to Mars

  3. Ethical, Social and Cultural Contexts of the Human Factor in a Mission to Mars

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 253-266

About this book


A manned mission to Mars is faced with challenges and topics that may not be obvious but of great importance and challenging for such a mission. This is the first book that collects contributions from scholars in various fields, from astronomy and medicine, to theology and philosophy, addressing such topics. The discussion goes beyond medical and technological challenges of such a deep-space mission. The focus is on human nature, human emotions and biases in such a new environment.

The primary audience for this book are all researchers interested in the human factor in a space mission including philosophers, social scientists, astronomers, and others. This volume will also be of high interest for a much wider audience like the non-academic world, or for students.


Mars colonization Human deep-space mission Space mission The future of mankind Exploration of Mars Ethics of human missions to Mars

Editors and affiliations

  • Konrad Szocik
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Cognitive ScienceUniversity of Information Technology and Management in RzeszowRzeszówPoland

About the editors

Konrad Szocik (born 1985 in Żary, Poland) received his PhD in Philosophy (Faculty of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland). Currently, he is assistant professor at the University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów, and editor of the “Studia Humana” journal. Research areas include cognitive and evolutionary study of religion, evolution of cooperation, and the idea of the manned mission to Mars and Mars colonization.

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