We’re in the golden age of space exploration | Space

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If it feels like you are constantly hearing about new space endeavors, there’s a good reason for it. According to experts, we are currently living in a golden age of space exploration, encompassing both human and robotic travel. Due to an increase in advanced space technology and the lively competition between countries (or private parties) prompting more interest, scientific discoveries outside of our world are becoming more and more frequent. Some experts even view space as the answer to our problems here on Earth, since climate change continues to threaten lives.

Going far out

In the last decade or so, the world has cast its eyes to the skies with fresh curiosity. “We are now in a new golden age of exploration, where technologies are both opening new frontiers and providing incredible tools to more deeply study places we thought we already knew,” said The Wall Street Journal.

Space exploration can now be accomplished using both humans and robots. “Robotic exploration has never had such a high profile with the public,” said Chris Lee, the first Chief Scientist at the UK Space Agency, in an interview with IFLScience. “Human spaceflight, on the other hand, is much more challenging. We all know about the Apollo program over 50 years ago, but apart from the International Space Station, not a lot has happened since then.” The moon, in particular, has received renewed interest from a number of countries over the past decade, with some claiming we are in a new space race.

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