What’s News: Space – a necessary frontier?

Mr C Dodd – Staff Editor

Space – a necessary frontier?

It was 1968 when Bill Anders, astronaut aboard Apollo 8, captured the remarkable ‘Earthrise’ photograph and inspired a new generation of environmentalists. Fast-forward 40 years and China, in a show of growing technological strength, has recently germinated the first seed on the moon. Elon Musk has his sights set on Mars, possibly as early as 2022. Space exploration programs are not cheap and it is right to question humankind’s motives for exploring the universe. Our fascination with space appears undiminished, but to what extent is the final frontier truly necessary? CPD


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