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- 15-17 April 2009, 3rd IAA Space and Society Conference, Space: the Human Dimension, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

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This conference will gather those interested in exploring and discussing a broad, complex and international topic at a time when everyone is celebrating the International Year of Astronomy, the 40 th anniversary of the first Moon landing, the 50 th anniversary of spaceflight, and the 50 th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year. This conference follows from the 1 st Impact of Space upon Society conference in Budapest (Mar 2005) and the 2 nd Space and Society conference in the Netherlands (Feb 2007).

The conference focuses its theme on the human dimension of space and will explore and discuss some of the many important ways in which people are involved in or impacted by space activities. A handful of men and women have actually left Earth to explore and work in space. Other individuals build their spacecraft, launchers and scientific instruments while supporting them from afar. Still others are working on longer term programmers geared up to have a manned presence on the Moon and Mars. All these space activities have an impact upon society – the world's population. This impact may be tangible in terms of employment or the benefits brought to people by space systems, technologies and applications that help to provide viable solutions to terrestrial problems. Or, it might be something more subtle like an increasing awareness of the human presence and fragility in space or the wonder that we can fly among the stars and land on far distant planets – science fiction come true. In fact, our generation is the one that has mapped the solar system with probes investigating all the planets and many other bodies, a feat with a magnitude equal to the opening up the world with sailing ships over the 15 th , 16 th and 17 th centuries. On the other hand, it may affect our belief systems – what we believe in. There are many critical issues at this moment that will eventually have a major impact on society's perception of space activities and that needs to be addressed from the human perspective – particularly on security, privacy and legal issues arising from space utilization. The exploitation of the Moon (and one day perhaps Mars) will doubtless raise many commercial issues in conflict with the current Moon treaties. Human nature, being what it is, will spur individuals, bodies and countries to behave in historic ways. How can the lessons of past exploration, colonization, exploitation, commercialization, arms races, as well as the steady achievements in technologies, medicines and democracies, be taken into account so that our dependants can adapt and live in a better world. It is with these realities that papers are sought which address such topics as:


•  The impact that space activities and utilization are having upon society and how the public perceives them

•  Opportunities offered by space technologies and space exploration to enable the evolution of humanity

•  Human spaceflight as a major source of innovation in life sciences and technology

•  How space exploration can be a catalyst for understanding ourselves and providing solutions to terrestrial problems facing society

•  Discoveries and new knowledge from recent space missions – what is our place in the universe?

•  Should humans really have a role in space – or should they be replaced by robots?

•  Is it acceptable to use space for non-peaceful purposes

•  What are people's expectations from space activities – how can they get involved?

•  The benefits that space brings to our daily life --- technology transfers and spin-offs

•  How the health and well-being of astronauts can spur the development of new medical breakthroughs

•  Space tourism – bringing space to the masses – legal, medical, economic aspects

•  The cultural utilization of space – space viewed through the medium of art/literature

•  How great individuals through history have shaped our understanding of astronomy, the universe and space

•  Ensuring greater public awareness of the role played by space systems in sustaining and preserving Earth

•  How humans in space are helping to inspire new generations

•  The changing landscape of human spaceflight – Chinese, Indian and other programs

•  Sustainability in space: how it can be addressed in planning and design for orbital and planetary missions

•  International and interdisciplinary space education collaboration

•  What are our human rights and new moral challenges facing humanity?

•  Space legal issues: rights and conflicts

•  Space commercialization impact: navigation, communications, imagery, launch

•  How can the space community continue to excite young people about space?

•  History of the space industries

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