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Is space exploration necessary but the stars are not for man Or are they Bitter as it might sound mankind have been given the opportunity to explore their planet to the fullest and to spend a golden age living in harmony and splendor But as you will find out the stars are not for man Supervisor Karellen sighed Im sorry to tell you this but it has not been mine to decide Is this quote taken from Arthur C Clarkes Childhoods End and therein spoken by the Supervisor to Earth reasonable Are the stars not for man And more importantly why on Earth should mankind even wish to explore the darkness that waits beyond the horizon Is space exploration necessary From a cynical viewpoint the fear of space that from time to time seems to grip the human race might be one of the major factors making space exploration feasible Horror tales of asteroids falling onto Earth and causing anything from another ice age to the total destruction of the planet itself have been a recurring topic in tabloid papers all over the world Exploring our solar system analyzing and cataloging all major asteroids that might pose a potential thread to Earth in the future might help to diminish that fear and to remove the danger posed by a stray asteroid Orbits would be known and possible impacts could be predicted well before the situation ever becomes critical leaving enough time for preventive measures to be taken while the asteroid is still well away from Earth accelerating slowly and ice-cold and therefore presumably easier to handle Whatever that handling might consist of In order to successfully destroy an asteroid technology will have to advance quite a bit but the same goes for the technology to catalogue every single asteroid A far less hysterical and say more immediate reason are possible gains and benefits that space exploration might yield for the human race Teflon
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