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The Human Factor in the Settlement of the Moon An Interdisciplinary Approach


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Lingua: Inglese


Pubblicazione: 11/2022
Edizione: 1st ed. 2021


Approaching the settlement of our Moon from a practical perspective, this book is well suited for space program planners. It addresses a variety of human factor topics involved in colonizing Earth's Moon, including: history, philosophy, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, politics & policy, sociology, and anthropology. 

Each chapter identifies the complex, interdisciplinary issues of the human factor that arise in the early phases of  settlement on the Moon. Besides practical issues, there is some emphasis placed on preserving, protecting, and experiencing the lunar environment across a broad range of occupations, from scientists to soldiers and engineers to construction workers. 

The book identifies utilitarian and visionary factors that shape human lives on the Moon. It offers recommendations for program planners in the government and commercial sectors and serves as a helpful resource for academic researchers. Together, the coauthors ask and attempt to answer: “How will lunar society be different?”


Chapter 1. “Practical Planning Commences: Next Steps in the Settlement of Earth’s Moon”.- Part I. History and Philosophy of Lunar Settlement.- Chapter 2. “Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Human Settlement of Earth’s Moon”.- Part II. Engineering, Astronomy, and Construction.- Chapter 3. “Engineering the Moon: Power Generation and Distribution, and Network Installations for Professional Research Purposes”.- Chapter 4. “The Changing Lunar Surface Environment: Hazards and Resources for Humans”.- Chapter 5. “Plants under the Moonlight; The Biology and Installation of Industrial Plants for Lunar Settlements”.- Chapter 6. “The Hazards and Opportunities of Lunar Regolith in Greenhouse Agriculture on the Moon”.- Part III. Medical and Health Aspects of Human Lunar Settlement.- Chapter 7.  “Consideration of the Long-Term Effects of Hypogravity”.- Chapter 8. “Changes in the Central Nervous System and Their Clinical Correlates during Long-Term Habitation in the Moon's Environment”.- Chapter 9. “Hazards of Lunar Regolith for Respiratory, Central Nervous System, Cardiovascular and Ocular Function”.- Part IV. Social, Political, and Legal Frameworks for Lunar Settlement.- Chapter 10. “International Treaties and the Future of the Nation-State Concept on Luna”.- Chapter 11. “The Military on the Moon: Geopolitical, Diplomatic, and Environmental Implications”.- Chapter 12. “Lunar Settlement and the Right to Return to Earth”.- Part V. Philosophical, Educational, and Religious Perspectives on Lunar Settlement.- Chapter 13. “Lunar Settlement, Space Refuge, and Quality of Life: A Prevention Policy for the Future of Humans on the Moon”.- Chapter 14. “The Emergence of an Environmental Ethos on Luna”.- Chapter 15. “Environmental and Occupational Ethics in Early Lunar Populations; Establishing Guidelines for Future Off-World Settlements”.- Chapter 16. “Religious Experience in Lunar Conditions: A New Environment and Awareness”.- Chapter 17.  “Science and Faith Off-Earth”.- Part VI. Psychological and Cultural Perspectives on the Human Lunar Experience.- Chapter 18. “The Future of Love and Sensory Processing Sensitivity on Luna”.- Chapter 19. “Religion in a Lunar Environment: Anthropological Assessment”.- Chapter 20.  "Projections for Lunar Culture, Living, and Working: How Will We Be Different?".- Index.- Suggested Readings.


Dr. Margaret Boone Rappaport has increasingly specialized in the field of space neuroscience, with major publications as lead author in Acta Astronautica ("Neuroplasticity as a Foundation for Human Enhancements in Space') and in a special collection in the journal NeuroSci, on "Neuroplasticity as a Foundation for Decision-Making in Space"). She is a cultural anthropologist and biologist by training, who has owned two of her own companies, The Human Sentience Project, LLC (2013-present) and Policy Research Methods, Incorporated (1987-2006), where she provided contract research services to Federal government agencies, institutions of higher education, and associations, in the Washington, DC area. She testified before Congress twice, and recently provided expert recommendations on Cislunar Space programming and policy to the executive branch. She received the doctorate in 1977 from the Ohio State University, and went on to lecture at Georgetown and George Washington Universities, remaining in academia for a total of 15 years. She is the author of 6 books, three under "Boone" and 3 under "Rappaport".

Konrad Szocik received his PhD in Philosophy in 2013 from Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. Currently, he is assistant professor at the University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów and visiting fellow at the Interdisciplinary Bioethics Center at Yale University. His research areas include cognitive and evolutionary study of religion, evolution of cooperation, and the idea of the manned mission to Mars and Mars colonization. Dr. Konrad Szocik has taken his background in Philosophy to use it in the applied field of space studies. Not only is he Editor of a book on Mars, and a book on Human Enhancements, both published by Springer, he has also maintained an active publication record in respected journals, such as Space Policy, Futures, and Acta Astronautica. He also serves as editor of the “Studia Humana” journal. 

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Space and Society
Dimensioni: 235 x 155 mm Ø 516 gr
Formato: Brossura
Illustration Notes:XV, 317 p. 32 illus., 26 illus. in color.
Pagine Arabe: 317
Pagine Romane: xv

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