Earlier this week Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, passed away at the age of 82. This made me sad for a couple of reasons: one, that an awesome human being isn’t around any more, and two, that the number of people who’ve made it to other worlds is slowly diminishing and looks set to continue that way. While human space exploration is only one part of the puzzle, I believe it’s also an integral part.
A common response to space exploration is that it’s useless and the money spent on it would be better spent elsewhere. That’s quite obviously wrong (not least because NASA’s budget is relatively small), but it’s a PR problem shared by a number of scientific fields. And that’s not even mentioning the moon landing deniers…
Are you interested in space exploration? What do you think has been its greatest achievement? What do you think the future holds for NASA and other organisations? Would you actually want to go into space yourself?
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(Featured image by The NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre on Flickr)