It does. In many ways, as I’m about to show you.
Feel free to ask whatever you would like to know in the context of my thread, even if you feel it might be too personal. Most of the time, it really isn't, in my expericence. :)
But there sure are blind astronomers out there! One of them is Wanda Diaz-Merced: iop.org/careers/workin…
According to her, she received a lot of help, but let’s all be honest: None of us would have gotten anywhere without some degree of help at some stage or another.
It makes sense not only from a human, but also from an economic point of view: Society as a whole can’t afford to waste such talents.
Have you all heard of Jessica Cox yet, by the way? bbc.com/news/av/magazi…
Here’s one example that doesn’t even fall into the category “special needs”, but we all have to take it just as seriously: (Thread)
Those, and a few more, will be today’s main topics here.
Unfortunately, many people tend to think that this is still just all about NASA and “The Russians” trying to outdo one another.
So let’s see, as this is a timeline full of space exploration enthousiasts: What space agencies do you know, other than NASA and Roscosmos?
For an even more comprehensive list of government space agencies worldwide, have a look at this document here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_g…
Are you surprised?
What other applications can you think of?
What about the costs?
In fact, however, the amount is no higher than 10€!
But what about the argument that "all that money" had better be spent on Earth?
Not convinced? Take a look: spinoff.nasa.gov
But does that really do the agencies justice?
Read you all tomorrow, hopefully!
Space has obviously penetrated just about every aspect of our lives, from navigation to entertainment, from engineering to the social sciences.
Some of it leaves its orbit and either gets burned up in our atmosphere or crashes into the ground.
Other parts stay up there, uncontrollable and often for decades, and pose a risk to everything else.
The latter pose a threat to the services that rely on space data, as well as to the space crafts that provide them.
- how much is up there,
- how far out some of it is orbiting this planet,
- and where it stems from, let me recommend this website: "Stuff In Space" stuffin.space
Choose an object, move your mouse over it, click for more info.
See you all back here tomorrow, I hope! :)
This is another important part of education: Direct access, being able to ask experts without a detour via some journal. Something the internet and e-mail greatly facilitate.
While #TheLastJeudi is limited to France, its spin-off is currently creating a network of private event organizers all over Europe. One event will be a visit to ESA's training facilities in Germany in Summer, btw.
I would never have dreamed of the wonderful friendships that have since resulted from this!
So not only is space for everyone, it also unites people and inspires worldwide cooperation.
I'd like to use the remaining 7 hours to collect and answer your questions, RT your recommendations, etc.
Please keep them coming! :)
That's it from me. Dear @taraustralis, the captain's chair is all yours again! :)