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Letters of Note: Why Explore Space? August 6, 2012

Posted by aquillam in Science.
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Letters of Note: Why Explore Space?.

This is a letter from Ernst Stuhlinger, Marshall Space Flight Center’s Associate Director for Science in 1970. It is in response to a nun, who asked why we should spend billions of dollars toward space exploration when there a children starving here on Earth. It’s an appropriate post for the day after Curiosity landed of Mars.

40 years latter, I find the letter to be highly relevant.

Big, broad, goals lead to big, broad, results, which usually lead to many other deeply beneficial results that seem completely unrelated to the original goals.

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