Human exploration of deep space is the next frontier for discovery in the human experience. It is the “undiscovered country” awaiting the grasp of humanities technological, philosophical, and intellectual evolution. From Alexander’s explorations of the Far East, to Cristopher Columbus’s discovery of the New World, the yearning to traverse new horizons in pursuit of furthering human understanding is an essential attribute of the human experience.
Garbage Problem in Space
Exploring space does come with the problem of what to do with garbage when you’re in outer space. NASA is working on this problem and looking for solutions. They also have some existing ways to reduce waste. Some experts have said that living in space will require that everything is recycled.
New Materials and Technology
Space exploration is a costly business, both financially and environmentally; it costs millions of dollars to launch rockets, and new materials are required each time because rockets are designed for single use. Reusable rocket technology is rapidly advancing. Zero waste principles are at the forefront in space exploration, combining the advancement in human ingenuity and the yearning to explore the unknown.
Continuing down this path requires commitment, not only to the endeavor of human spaceflight, but also to the values and principles of zero waste. SpaceX is at the forefront of embracing zero waste principles in space explorations and its Falcon 9 rocket has the ability to be reused. It can land on a floating pad in the ocean to be reused again-and-again.
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