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Going up is easy, down, not as much

by
María A contributor

Human beings have based their history on great conquests, from countries to continents. Curiosity is always a trigger when thinking; what lies beyond?

The space race was and continues to be very important for humanity; being able to leave our planet and see beyond the stars is the dream of astronomers and scientists. Have you ever thought about going to space? This reality is on the table thanks to the meteoric developments in aerospace companies.

Virgin Galactic (NYSE: SPCE) is a company that plans to make this desire more real than ever for scientists and people who long to explore and see what lies beyond the stratosphere. If you had the opportunity to go to space, what would be the first thing you would like to see? For manned space travel to become a reality, work is being done, and much emphasis is being placed on reducing costs so that they are accessible to most people or even scientists themselves, giving the possibility of conducting research on a more recurring basis. 

Virgin Galactic (NYSE: SPCE) not only aims to work with people to make orbital trips but also to make contributions to communities of scientists, putting satellites into orbit, something that is currently quite expensive for other companies. Other government entities or private companies are also interested in putting their satellites into orbit, and the idea of ​​doing it at a lower cost benefits everyone. How could our way of seeing things change after a trip to space?

One of the most popular promoters of space exploration is Elon Musk, but he was also in charge of putting space matters on everyone’s agenda together with SpaceX. There are high expectations with this company since it’s planning a trip to the red planet and the curiosities about exploring Mars are many. Could it be that we will be taking our first steps on Mars in the not too distant future?

Why is the human being so focused on going to space when we have not finished exploring the planet we inhabit?

The world has endless places to go, from beautiful green landscapes in the jungles to hot deserts full of sand, but we cannot leave out of this the exploration of the vast oceans that surround us. These great extensions of water make up almost 70% of the planet. Of these vast blue stretches, less than 10% percent have been explored and mapped, which makes me wonder, why isn’t there as much interest in exploring the deep ocean as exploring space?

Currently, the fibre optic lines that allow internet connections are submerged in the depths of the oceans. Cables of thousands of kilometres allow the connection between countries or even continents. But space technology is changing this. Companies such as Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) or Starlink are putting into orbit a wide variety of satellites that allow connections between millions of people. The internet is coming to space.

Aerospace technological advances are developing rapidly and will allow us to get to space very easily; the difficult part will be determining what we will do when we are there. 

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