The Geography of Space Exploration: Adding Instruments to the Space Advocacy Chassis

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A teflon frying pan, the pinnacle of humanity’s achievement in space… (Image: Pixabay)

These arguments don’t position space science as a public service to further human knowledge or as vital infrastructure, but instead as “cool” things that have practical side effects.

Spinoffs and economic activity are fine, in fact they are great, but shouldn’t we be able to justify space-science on its own merits? Surely we don’t want to see space-science as a make-work project.

Despite countless discoveries, the U.S.S. Enterprise is best remembered for the many jobs it created (Image: Pixabay)
Conventional space advocacy (image:pixabay)

Far from running from this question with cliches about inspiration and progress, it’s my belief that space-science advocates need to take this question head on, more often, and with more rigorous consideration of broader social issues.

I’m not suggesting space advocates throw out spin-off or inspiration arguments, but add to them the things people in the space community already know are the more direct benefits, and unique purposes, of space-science.

  • Observation satellites for Earth science, environmental protection, aiding environmental policy-making, and promoting human security.
  • Space-based communications and navigation networks as public services to increase connectivity and access to information for all.
  • Understanding the evolution of the universe, solar system and planets as well as their relation to the origin(s) of life.
  • Figuring out if we are alone in the universe.
The environment we are a part of and on which we rely on to live (Image: pexels.com)

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Space Agency Worker, Geography PhD, Part-Time Professor, and Author. Writing about Movies, Music, Comics, & Hockey.

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Danny Bednar

Danny Bednar

Your Friendly Neighborhood Space Agency Worker, Geography PhD, Part-Time Professor, and Author. Writing about Movies, Music, Comics, & Hockey.

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