posted on Jun, 16 2005 @ 10:13 AM
I was scanning through the BBC News Site as I always do each day and came across a interesting article which I think people might like to read.
BBC News Link
British astronomers are seeking your views on the merits of sending humans to visit the Moon or Mars.
The Royal Astronomical Society has set up a commission to investigate whether the UK should break with tradition by funding human spaceflight.
The panel for the commission is made up of three independent experts:
- Professor Frank Close
(Particle physicist at Oxford University)
- Professor Ken Pounds
(Astrophysicist at the University of Leicester.)
- Dr John Dudeney
(Member of the British Antarctic Survey)
In the past the UK has prefered to support the use of robotic space ventures mainly due to cost reasons, which is shown in the article by the mention
of the ESA (European Space Agency) wanting to send a robotic spaceship to Mars ahead of human missions.
So why you ask is the UK considering changing its tune when its been so against using humans to explore rather than machines.
The answer is simple, humanity dreams of that which is beyond our current confines:
Some believe only human spaceflight can truly capture the imagination of the general public, and have the adaptability to take missions that extra
We feel detached from missions that are simply machines exploring for us, the missions are souless in a way without a member of the human race being
there, and technology far more advanced than in the past the dream in theory could be a reality if money and backing are found.
However there is a reason that the UK has backed robotic exploring, humans aren't put in danger and they don't get lonely or require air to
I'll leave you with a quote from Dr John Dudeney:
it is important to consider what robots are capable of doing now, then think forward to what they might be able to do in 10 or 15 years'
Technology is moving at amazing speeds, is there really any need for humans to take the driving seat in exploring space?
Related News Stories:
BBC News Link: UK aims to be major space player
BBC News Link: Europe has lander goal for Mars
[edit on 16-6-2005 by UK Wizard]