Inhabitability studies, which apply to living conditions and ways of life, are essential in space research. The title of this collective work, Ways to Leave Earth defines its spectrum as well as its scope, a very topical issue at a time of unprecedented ecological crisis. To answer this question, the authors start off from writings devoted to living in space, adding a historical and critical perspective. Indeed, this research is steeped in technical and cultural history, from the first studies carried out for manned space vehicles (V2 rockets) to more recent studies associated with life in confinement during future voyages to Mars (Mars 500). This history also has its blind spots, through its globally technical approach and its utopian or uchronic imaginary.
In order to respond critically to these different pitfalls, the position adopted in this book is threefold: examining the methods and knowledge built up by space research; re-materialising the experience of space by considering it from the perspective of the objects it develops and the images it produces, and reconsidering living in space based on concrete and sensitive experiences, linking the terrestrial to the extra-terrestrial.