When it came to me to chair the first meetings of the group appointed by Gérard Brachet to explore field of space ethics within CNES, I had to overcome the surprise and concerns of my colleagues at having to address a philosophical subject for which their engineering training and tasks had not prepared them. To do that, I turned to one of the oldest methods used by our ancestors to ask questions about the meaning of life and the task of being human: mythological narrative. The narrative of Icarus sprung to mind immediately.
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