Earthrise

Earthrise, December 24th, 1968. This photo was taken on the Apollo 8 mission, which was the first manned space voyage to leave the gravitational influence of the Earth and orbit another celestial body.

Earthrise, December 24th, 1968. This photo was taken on the Apollo 8 mission, which was the first manned space voyage to leave the gravitational influence of the Earth and orbit another celestial body.

 

Humanity's curiosity about the heavens has been universal and enduring. Humans are compelled to explore the unknown, discover new worlds, extend the boundaries of our scientific and technical limits, and then push further. Curiosity, while unkind to our feline friends, is vital to the human spirit and the desire to explore and challenge the boundaries of what we know and where we have been has provided benefits to our society for centuries.

Space exploration helps to address fundamental questions about humanity’s place in the universe. Through confronting the challenges related to human space exploration we develop technology, create new industries, and help to foster a peaceful connection with other nations.

The science and technology required to transport and sustain explorers will drive innovation and encourage creative ways to address challenges. As previous cosmic endeavors have demonstrated, the resulting ingenuity and technologies will have long lasting benefits and applications.

However, measuring the progress gained from space exploration in dollars and patents is grossly inadequate.  In this moving video (below), Neil deGrasse Tyson argues passionately that we can’t truly understand our planet unless we leave it. He explains that following the famous 1968 Earthrise photo, taken during the Apollo 8 mission, humanity’s view of the world was transformed. Seeing the world as a whole, a home without man-made borders, ignited a new found respect and passion for the ecosystem that we all share. In the years immediately following Earthrise, the Environmental Protection Agency, Earth Day, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and Doctors Without Borders were all formed. The impact seeing Earth as a unified whole cannot be overstated.

Come join us on November 13th at 6:30 for our Space Event to discover where we are in our cosmic quests and to celebrate earth as a unified whole, a view that can only be observed from space.