Science in Society – Is there a Planet B?

Thinking about Science in Society Investigations – Exploring hazards and benefits of space exploration.

We hear a lot these days about humans ‘colonizing’ Mars. No problem, lets go! Or is it that straight forward?

We asked some Irish Scientists, a Scientist Artist, and a Space Lawyer, what they think a human mission to Mars would mean.

The answers link biology, ecology, ethics, and the influence of scientific discovery on society, as well as how society in turn drives scientific research.

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Science in Society Mars Debate

Featured image:

  • Title Layered mound in Juventae Chasma
  • Copyright ESA/Roscosmos/CaSSIS
  • DescriptionThis striking view of layered sediments on Mars was captured by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter’s Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System, CaSSIS, on 2 October 2018. The image, which covers an area 25 x 7 km wide, focuses on a layered mound in Juventae Chasma, just north of the iconic Valles Marineris.The features in the chasmata around Valles Marineris have been well studied by Mars orbiters, including ESA’s Mars Express and NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The CRISM instrument on MRO detected a significant amount of sulphates at the base of the mound shown in this image – a composition that points to the presence of water in the distant past.