Resources for EW: Space Exploration


Satellites help with space exploration, along with GPS, weather forecasts etc. Improvements to them aid more than just space exploration.

The asteroid 16 Psyche was found to be made up of almost solely iron, nickel, and other precious metals, with the iron alone estimating a value of USD $10,000 quadrillion(in 2017).

Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos plans to extract water from the moon, which could give rise to greater access to key substances such as hydrogen, carbon, and silicon.

Asteroids and comets have the potential to hit earth, and space exploration is the first step to preventing any devastating impacts.

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) successfully altered asteroid Dimorphos orbit.


One passenger on a commercial flight is responsible for about 1-3 tons of carbon dioxide. One rocket launch emits about 200-300 tons of carbon dioxide just to launch a handful of individuals.

Currently, mining systems on earth are still not fully automated so robotics would have to greatly develop before space mining becomes viable.

Currently, only one known planet, Kepler-442b, might be able to host human life, but it is about 1120 light years away from earth.

Global need is increasing. Some examples include rising food scarcity and the escalation of climate change. 

Many more urgent issues are underfunded and should be prioritised instead of exploring space.