Space Exploration, the Outer Space Treaty, and the Future of Human Subjects Research Ethics
Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. ET
The Outer Space Treaty governs all outer space activity but provides no ethical limits for human experimentation in space. While existing research ethics instruments like the Declaration of Helsinki and the Belmont Report can provide some ethical guidance, their traditional application fails to provide adequate guidance for the unique ethical challenges inherent to human subjects research in space. As space exploration becomes more accessible, it is critical to establish a comprehensive and uniform ethical code defining the rights and obligations of scientists and research subjects in space.
This webinar explores the differences between research conducted in space and on earth. The presenter will consider potential gaps in current principles governing human subjects research ethics when applied to space research. Lastly, the presenter will explore a possible solution strategy to address such gaps.