Understanding the Past and Current Efforts in Human Space Exploration. Humanity’s Place Among the Stars. 20961561 IHST8801 . Alexander Johnson. Contents. Rationale and Summary Human Space Exploration: a Historical context Achievements and Outcomes
In the beginning of the 21st Century the human race is on the verge of a new era in space exploration.
The paths we can take, where we go from here, are limited only by our goals, ambitions and personal endeavour.
July 20, 1969
Apollo 11 completes lunar landing
Neil Armstong and ‘Buzz’ Aldrin walk on the surface of the moon
Space Race is effectively won.
“Dinosaurs are extinct today because they did not build space craft. Were no funds available? Did their politicians lack foresight? More likely it was because their brains were tiny. And the absence of an opposable thumb didn’t help either.”
“Make no mistake: the path to discovery inherent in space exploration has become not a choice but a necessity, and the consequences of that choice affect the survival of absolutely everyone, including those who remain thoroughly unenlightened by the multitude of discoveries made by their own species throughout its time on Earth.”