Space Exploration History

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Space exploration is defined by Encyclopedia Britannica as the investigation, by means of manned and unmanned spacecraft, of the reaches of the universe beyond Earth’s atmosphere and the use of the information so gained to increase knowledge of the cosmos and benefit humanity. Today, the study of space is mainly carried out by astronomers; where previous discoveries were chiefly made by physical exploration conducted by unmanned space probes, satellites, and manned spaceflights. These ongoing discoveries are fueled by the purest of human inquisitiveness and ever evolving technologies.
The dream of venturing into the cosmic fringes of the Earth's atmosphere was first inspired by fiction writings of famous authors H.G.Wells and Jules Verne. Two
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Maintain tradition. The Space Age began in 1958 with NASA’s Project Mercury, which led to the start of the great space race. In 196, a Soviet cosmonaut was the first human to enter space (Early Manned Spaceflight). As of today, space exploration has only existed for over 50 years, however it has become an international tradition. It is now firmly rooted within humanity and a strong link to our past and future. Space exploration is not only a unifying force, but it also reminds one of a time when simply gazing up at the heavens was a great adventure. For centuries men have yearned to know what secrets the universe holds and through exploration we get to catch a glimpse of it. An opportunity for discovery of this caliber remains almost unparalleled within today’s society; an opportunity with should not take for …show more content…
Provide national security. It is imperative to our national interest that the United States remain the leader in developing new space technologies in order to insure the peaceful exploration of space by all. The International Space Station (ISS) has been the most politically complex space exploration program ever undertaken. Through the use of satellites we are able to improve our national security. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) reports that a frequently changing international security environment has made space more important for national security. In one publication, National Security and Space, CSIS described our current environment as one of “greater risk and competition.” Further elaboration into the subject depicts our society as being in an evolving nature of warfare. Under circumstances such as these, there is an obvious need to have an informational advantage over possible threats. CSIS then explains that “with the rapid pace of technological change, that makes military intelligence services from space much easier to acquire” (Center for Strategic and International

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