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My 21st Century Global Leadership semester research project. The topic I chose is space exploration.

Julian Cross

on 7 January 2010

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INTRODUCTION Viewing the world from space could change the way humankind sees humankind. If important decisions were made with the planets future as a whole in mind then human life here on Earth could continue indefinitely without the problems facing us now and in the future.
What can space exploration and technology do for the global community? ....I think it is more than just a common theme in Sci-Fi movies, I think this is real. Space Exploration creates a global community like nothing else. It brings countries and cultures together in a way that could end harsh nationalism and create world peace. By: Julian Cross SPACE EXPLORATION Human Space Flight History First manned mission: Cosmonaut Yuri Garagin became the first human in space.
First mission to the moon: Apollo 8. -1968
First man on the moon: Apollo 11. -1969
Apollo 13 and four other consecutive missions.
Why haven’t we been back to the moon? The many reasons why the U.S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) wants to return to the moon include the faact that 2009 marked the 40th anniversary of two events in space exploration, including the Moon landing of Apollo 11. In opposition, the U.S. Congress, states that returning to the moon would be for the adventurous nature of it, not the advancement of science, and would be financially costly. To the Moon today? Military Spending This map shows military spending per capita in 2002, this gives me the chance to compare what the country spends on "Killing Technology" opposed to space technology, I think it is likely that the countries with the highest military budget will also have the most updated and higher end space programs; this is a result of the Cold War of course which may be out dated, but more than likely is still the case. One problem I see is that comparatively small countries with high military budgets, like Kuwait and Israel come out on top even though they don't actually spend close to the amount that the U.S. spends. Scientific Research There is more scientific research, or publication of results, in richer territories. This locational bias is such that roughly three times more scientific papers per person living there are published in Western Europe, North America, and Japan, than in any other region. This map reflects the degree of scientific potential that a country has to develop technology used for space travel.
PERSPECTIVES Country Policies European Space Porgrams “Space exploration has become a major element of the portfolio of many country with global aspirations”
Europe is doing a large amount to expand their space programs. U.S. Policy The 2007 budget allocates roughly $609 billion to defense, not including the budget for the Department of Homeland Security. This is nearly 38 times the amount of money spent on NASA. If you include funding for the Department of Homeland Security, defense spending adds up to $652.5 billion, which is more than 40 times NASA’s budget. Conclusion The global significance of this topic is that space exploration is something that can have tremendous impact on political, environmental and humanitarian issues. ...modern space exploration naturally draws countries together, of course with the exception of the space race. Politically: Environmentally: Globally: ...space technology could be used to find ways to solve environmental problems with the overlap of technologies. ...space exploration unites the human race as we begin to leave our world and explore the reaches of the solar system.
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