The Human Exploration Panel, conducted by World Economic Forum had recently conducted a session explaining what currently, NASA, ESA and other space agencies are working on and what could be expected in the coming decade from space exploration. Panelist Josef Ochbacher mentioned that space is important not just for exploring other planets, stars and galaxies, but also for our own planet. The implications of climate change can be well studied and understood from the space. He stressed on the importance of satellites play in understanding the climate and its effects on agriculture, global warming and other factors. Astronaut Matthias Maros talked about the three top places NASA is planning to send humans to. The first one being International Space Station (ISS) which is on the low earth orbit. The next destination is Moon and the other destination is Mars. The ISS is not the only space station on the low earth orbit, it also has a Chinese space station and in the future would also have commercial space stations. These space stations are important because they allow us to study and conduct experiments in zero gravity environment which is not possible on Earth. The implications of zero gravity on humans can be studied and how to make humans survive in space for longer durations can be also be researched in these stations. Other than being useful for studying climate change and effects, space exploration has numerous other benefits. One of them is establishing a secure communication channel like a network of broadband internet, like Starlink. These communication channels will be beneficial for government services as well as commercial use. Another benefit is to collect and clear space debris. Solaris can collect solar power in space and send it back to Earth for electricity and energy. These are some of the benefits space exploration can provide in terms of the energy crisis, climate change, but it also requires cooperation from governments and businesses to make such projects viable.
Today: December 4, 2023