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Planetary parks – formulating a wilderness policy for planetary bodies

Cockell, Charles S. and Horneck, Gerda (2006) Planetary parks – formulating a wilderness policy for planetary bodies. Space Policy, 22 (4), pp. 256-261. Elsevier. doi: doi:10.1016/j.spacepol.2006.08.006.

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Building on an earlier article, establishment of a planetary park system for other planetary bodies is further developed. Reasons are elaborated for such a system to protect representative regions of other planetary bodies. Although a parks system might seem supererogatory, and an over-reaction to the currently very limited environmental impact of robotic and human exploration and settlement activities, four arguments are provided that suggest that such a system does have a value, even in advance of robotic and human missions. Planetary parks incorporate concepts of planetary protection, but they extend the reasons for practical protection policies beyond the utilitarian protection of scientific resources emphasized by planetary protection, into other utilitarian and intrinsic value arguments. Planetary parks might still allow for the development of non-park areas by commercial enterprise.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/53878/
Document Type:Article
Title:Planetary parks – formulating a wilderness policy for planetary bodies
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Cockell, Charles S.Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UKUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Space Policy
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 256-261
Keywords:Planetary parks, planetary protection
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen (old)
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Strahlenbiologie (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Radiation Biology
Deposited By: Kopp, Kerstin
Deposited On:14 Apr 2008
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 14:54

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