14 May 2014 17:00 - 18:00
With greater numbers travelling further for longer, issues surrounding mortality in space travel are ever more timely. One-way missions to Mars are currently being planned, so death in space will no longer be a possibility – it will be a certainty.
This session will provide you with an opportunity to discuss the practicalities, legalities and moralities of death and dying in space. Could you accept a one-way ticket to Mars, knowing that you would eventually end your life off-world? How will the funeral practices be adapted for interplanetary travel? What are the implications for conceptualisations of life, death and the afterlife?
Kelly Benneworth-Gray is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York interested in language and social interaction and how psychological experience is socially mediated.
Research Centre for the Social Sciences, University of York
Telephone: 01904 323041