Why Explore Space?
Janet Wood - NASA/JPL
Solar System Ambassador
Why Explore Space?
It is part of our nature as human beings that we want to explore and try to better understand the world in which we live. Space exploration is the logical extension of that need.
Through the exploration of the solar system, we can begin to unravel the mysteries of our universe, and to better understand our place in the cosmos.
Space exploration provides us with knowledge about the origins of our solar system, our own planet Earth, and about human origins, and helps to answer questions that have intrigued humankind throughout the centuries.
Solar system exploration is important because it provides us with an unparalleled opportunity to make advancements in science and technology which can be a benefit to all of humankind, such as in the areas of communications and remote sensing.
Space technology has become an integral part of our daily lives. Cellular technology, for example, is dependent on satellite communications, Satellites are also used to monitor changes in Earth's climate and ocean circulation, for weather forecasting, in aviation and marine navigation, and for military reconnaissance.
The space program provides an opportunity for nations to work together in international cooperation through participation in joint missions, thereby promoting peace and understanding between governments and their people.
Many governments are currently involved in the development of space technology including Russia, Japan, the European nations, and India. In the near future, other nations will be added to this list. It is vital to our national interest that the United States remain the leader in developing new space technologies in order to insure the peaceful exploration of space by all.
NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador