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NASA’s Big Announcement

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So, not sure if you heard but, O…..M……G. Just, watch below.

So, if you have watched the above video and are a total nerd like me, you’re probably jumping up an down just like me. NASA announced that they have plans to permanently on the moon by 2024. The permanent base on the Moon would be a stepping stone for further exploration into space. Like it or not, President Trump actually had much to do with the revamping of our Space program, as he made it a priority very early in his time as POTUS.

So, why is this important? Well, why not? There are currently more than 7 billion humans, which is a lot. However, we’re all crammed together on this one planet. If something happened to Earth, our species could be wiped out. For example, the aforementioned asteroid impact. Colonizing other bodies in the solar system is a way to create a “backup” of humanity that will survive no matter what happens to Earth. Maybe future humans will be Martians who will never set foot on Earth. As we develop new technologies on Earth, the strain on our natural resources continues to increase. The extraction of valuable minerals has led to a host of problems, including environmental damage and human exploitation, but there’s a wealth of precious materials in space. Startups like Planetary Resources want to mine asteroids instead of Earth, which would mean an effectively unlimited supply of raw materials that are rare on Earth.

There are more practical reasons for space exploration, but one of the principle reasons we must continue is that we’re explorers. That’s why humans number in the billions — from our earliest upright steps, we’ve endeavored to learn more about the world around us, and this allowed us to build civilization. Exploring space is an opportunity not only to discover new worlds and build advanced technologies, but to work together toward a larger goal irrespective of nationality, race, or gender. If we stop exploring, we stop being human.

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