Space on Earth: Saving Our World by Seeking Othersby C. Cockell
Pub. Date: 11/28/2006
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Cockell calls for a
Many environmentalists think going into space detracts from solving problems here on Earth. Many space explorers feel environmentalism distracts from their settlement of space. In fact environmentalism and space exploration have one and the same objective, argues leading astrobiologist Charles Cockell: to ensure that humanity has a home.
Cockell calls for a fusion of the two movements as the only way forward. The technologies we develop to live sustainably on Earth, such as wind and solar power, will also establish humanity in space. The exploration of space will provide new resources and skills for the protection of the Earth's environment. For example, studying extreme environments on Earth is helping us to look for life on Mars and satellites orbiting Earth are helping to track hurricanes and protect people from natural disasters.
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