Exploring Space for mankind
December 10, 2012
I understand that taxpayers money spent on space exploration in these tough economic times need to be well spent with a clear path in mind that would benefit humankind best. At present the most compelling question perhaps is how will a change in earth climate affect human civilization and therefore I fully agree with the Mars exploration programme(unmanned) which is providing a lot of data on another planet and help us understand the climate changes that unfolded on Mars that would teach us a lot on our own planet Earth. A sample return mission is a must! My disappointment is the lack of interest in exploring Venus on the same lines of Mars ( surface missions) which I believe would further test our climate models for Earth. The next step should be exploring the near earth asteroids (possibly a manned mission) in the near future as these could potentially be a source for raw materials. I see a big role for private space companies taking part in what could be the 21st century 'space gold rush'. Such missions should also shed light on how to deal with a potential collision threat from NEO with planet Earth that could wipe out civlization as we know it.
They are Watching the Skies for You!
Our researchers, worldwide, do absolutely critical work.
Asteroid 2012DA14 was a close one.
It missed us. But there are more out there.