The Space Race A US cartoon satirising the Space Race Cold War rivalry moved beyond the political and military spheres and into competition for technological superiority. This led to the so-called Space Race.
Space and survival The primary argument calling for space colonization is the long-term survival of human civilization. By developing alternative locations off Earth, the planet's species, including humans, could live on in the event of natural or man-made disasters on our own planet.
On two occasions, theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has argued for space colonization as a means of saving humanity. InHawking predicted that the human race would become extinct within the next thousand years, unless colonies could be established in space.
In the long run a single-planet species will not survive If we humans want to survive for hundreds of thousands or millions of years, we must ultimately populate other planets. Now, today the technology is such that this is barely conceivable.
We're in the infancy of it. I'm talking about that one day, I don't know when that day is, but there will be more human beings who live off the Earth than on it.
We may well have people living on the Moon. We may have people living on the moons of Jupiter and other planets. We may have people making habitats on asteroids I know that humans will colonize the solar system and one day go beyond.
Halleformerly of the United States Department of Statewrote in Foreign Affairs Summer that the colonization of space will protect humanity in the event of global nuclear warfare. The author and journalist William E.
Burrows and the biochemist Robert Shapiro proposed a private project, the Alliance to Rescue Civilizationwith the goal of establishing an off-Earth " backup " of human civilization. Richard Gott has estimated that the human race could survive for another 7. However, he expressed a hope to be proven wrong, because "colonizing other worlds is our best chance to hedge our bets and improve the survival prospects of our species".
The Solar System alone has, according to different estimates, enough material and energy to support anywhere from several thousand to over a billion times that of the current Earth-based human population. Asteroid mining will also be a key player in space colonization.
Water and materials to make structures and shielding can be easily found in asteroids. Instead of resupplying on Earth, mining and fuel stations need to be established on asteroids to facilitate better space travel.
If funding and technology come sooner than estimated, asteroid mining might be possible within a decade. Harnessing these resources can lead to much economic development. Holocene extinction Expansion of humans and technological progress has usually resulted in some form of environmental devastation, and destruction of ecosystems and their accompanying wildlife.
In the past, expansion has often come at the expense of displacing many indigenous peoplesthe resulting treatment of these peoples ranging anywhere from encroachment to genocide.Jul 05, · Some of the arguments for and against funding a national space program with examples of some of the ways space exploration benefits us everyday.
MORE. Sign In Join. Soapboxie» Social Issues; Space Exploration (Advantages vs. Disadvantages) Updated on September 25, Some people feel that the disadvantages of a national space Reviews: Numerous benefits of space exploration.
our space program has set goals that required innovation and technology yet to be developed, and the results have been astonishing. providing for. During the "America in Space Show," a list is displayed of the benefits that can be traced to NASA's technological research and engineering.
Several show attendees have asked that we publish this list. As for the unmanned space program, I don’t know what long term support would be, but activity is actually rather brisk; people have been calling it a golden age for space probes.
There’s too *many* to make the news regularly. Although politics is a fantastic motivator for space exploration in some cases (cue: Apollo Program during the Cold War in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s) to fulfil short-term goals. But the agency has also encouraged the spark of genius that comes from individual inventors.
Significantly, both ways of doing business have resulted in remarkable technical innovations that have served to advance progress in aeronautics research, space science and space exploration as well as benefit people on Earth.