Space exploration continues to extend reach, understanding of humankind
The Kansas City Star
While the Mars rover Curiosity is analyzing the dirt and air samples on Earth’s neighboring planet, its earlier cousin, Voyager 1, launched 35 years ago, is headed toward the end of our solar system.
Just imagine, that America’s space data collection and new-wave products all started with a hard kick in the pants 55 years ago from the Soviet Union with its launch of the Sputnik satellite in October 1957. The Cold War was raging, and the United States found itself outclassed by Russian scientists in the space race.
The U.S. played a quick game of catch-up, sending men to the moon, launching, space stations, many satellites and space probes. We know a lot more about the solar system because of it and more about the planet we occupy.
Scientists also have a better grasp about the need to take care of the Earth’s delicate ecosystem. It is one of a kind in its ability to support life.
If we mess this one up, there truly is nowhere else to jet off to in a convenient, timely way to start over.