Does humanity have a future beyond Earth? Should we invest in exploring space? Can we terraform other worlds in our solar system, such as Mars? And could some of the technologies we develop reaching for the stars help us solve problems back on Earth, such as climate change and resource scarcity? Or should we focus on fixing our planet first, before we start blasting off into space?
What do our readers think? First up, Julia sent us a comment asking: “Why are you wasting our money exploring space? First, help citizens, and if there is any money left spend it on space.”
Next up, JT argues that one important impact of space technology is to “improve agricultural production”. In this sense, isn’t it true that exploring space would benefit people on Earth?
Finally, Jevgeni sent us a comment arguing that space exploration should be international and cooperative. However, given the geopolitics on Earth, is the age of international cooperation in space research over?
To get a response for our readers, we put all three of the above comments to two experts:
💬 Michel Praet, European Space Agency
💬 André Loesekrug-Pietri, Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI)
See the video at the top of this post for their responses.
Should Europe become more ambitious in space? Could exploring space for peaceful means benefit people on Earth? Given the geopolitics on Earth, is the age of international cooperation in space research over? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!