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Sustainability 2009, 1(4), 1323-1330; doi:10.3390/su1041323
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Astrobiology, Sustainability and Ethical Perspectives

CNES, French Space Agency, 2 place Maurice Quentin, F-75039 Paris, Cedex 01, France
Received: 5 November 2009 / Accepted: 8 December 2009 / Published: 15 December 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Astrobiology and Sustainability)
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Abstract

Astrobiology, a new field of research associating the prospects and constraints of prebiotic chemistry, mineralogy, geochemistry, astrophysics, theoretical physics, microbial ecology, etc., is assessed in terms of sustainability through the scientific and social functions it fulfils, and the limits it encounters or strives to overcome. In the same way as sustainable development, astrobiology must also take into account the temporal dimension specific to its field of investigation and examine its underlying conception of Nature.
Keywords: astrobiology; sustainability; precautionary principle; cultural theory astrobiology; sustainability; precautionary principle; cultural theory
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Arnould, J. Astrobiology, Sustainability and Ethical Perspectives. Sustainability 2009, 1, 1323-1330.

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