The Current Pace of Space Exploration

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The past millennium can be described as the exploration era. In merely one thousand years, humanity has managed to learn to travel the seas, develop automobiles, and innovate aeronautic machines. However, no other invention is as important as leaving the planet on a space shuttle. Up to the year 2000, the farthest humankind has ever been to is the moon. Ask SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk about the current pace of space exploration, and he’ll answer with not satisfactory. Human beings have never been one to delay an expedition. Although many factors contribute to the advancement of space colonization, economic, medical, and motivational factors are the three main elements.
Many people do not understand why we need to colonize in space. They think humanity should stop wasting money and resources on trying to advance into space and instead use it on expanding the industries on Earth. However, as renown scientist Michio Kaku says, “we should at least be a two planet species” because it gives humans a second chance in case of a catastrophic event (Universe). According to AMNH, every five to ten million years, an asteroid the size of the proposed Chicxulub meteor, the one that probably wiped out the dinosaurs, is predicted to strike the Earth (AMNH). Looking back, sixty-five million years have passed since the reptiles went extinct. Researchers have also noted that at least 1,200 asteroids in our radius are potentially…

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