Pandemics of disease link

Pandemics of disease

Persistent threats to the human family that emerge and reemerge across the face of Earth with potential to cause extinction or near-extinction. Pandemics can be combated through accelerated medical research at the International Space Station.

 

 

 

International Space Station

International Space Station

A partnership among Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States. The ISS is a precedent for and a record of lessons learned in planning and executing multinational collaborative space exploration initiatives.

 

 

 

Space-based solar power link

Space-based solar power

Space-based solar power can be a pivotal factor in three main areas of human endeavor:

1) Fighting rapid climate change on Earth as a renewable energy source

2) Alleviating global freshwater scarcity as a power source for seawater desalination

3) Powering interplanetary spacecraft instead of more controversial nuclear power

 

 

 

Frank White, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution (1998, 1987)

Frank White, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution (1998, 1987)

Frank White uses interviews and writings by 29 astronauts and cosmonauts to show how circling the Earth every 90 minutes and viewing it from our moon have profoundly affected their perceptions of themselves, their world and the future. White imagines how a permanent perspective from outer space beyond excessive nationalism can affect politics, religion, social relations, psychology, economics and the hard sciences. Potential rebellion by human space settlers and human contact with extraterrestrial beings are also examined.