Cultural implications of space enterprise

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During the past 50 years, humankind has been extending its presence successfully into outer space either through automation or in person [2]. Landing a “Man on the Moon” through the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 broke our perceptual blinders: in short, we are no longer “earthbound” as our ancestors believed for millennia. Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) in orbit dramatically reminds us of our new reality, as Exhibits 43 (opposite) and 44 illustrate. Indeed, perhaps the real home and potential of the human species is on the high frontier. Just as application of fire and tools altered our forebears, so space technology and settlement forces modern men and women to change their image of the species. Now we can move beyond the “gravity well”, free to explore and utilize the universe to improve the quality of human existence. The technological achievements of global space agencies and private enterprise aloft contribute mightily toward actualization of our potential. Space exploration and exploitation of offworld resources not only alters human culture on Earth—but contributes to the emergence in this 21st century of an entirely new space culture, a transformation into a being called spacekind or Homo spatialis [3].


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