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Unformatted text preview: these experimental launch vehicles are always in the public eye and an incident during this time or any other maybe tough to handle emotionally for many of the onlookers regardless of whether or not there are civilians onboard. The incident with the Challenger in 1986 was more of a publicity stunt gone incredibly wrong. It had everyone in the country watching and that is why it had the outcome it did. Many people were scarred emotionally from the tragic event, but that does not mean it is morally wrong for a civilian to be on board. Would the emotional outcome have been any different if they were all astronauts onboard and still had the same amount of publicity? Would people have felt any less hurt watching Astronauts die vice a civilian teacher? I think not. The ethical implications from having a civilian onboard an experimental launch vehicle are not different from having an astronaut onboard. A person will always be a person regardless of their occupation or position....
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- Spring '11