The Impact of Space Science on Mankind

  • T. R. Larsen
Part of the Nobel Symposium Committee (1975) book series (NOFS, volume 31)


One of the main driving forces behind space exploration probably lies in man's urge to know and understand the world in which he lives. How did the solar system form? How did the universe come into existence? Is terrestrial life unique or is it just one example of a universal process? In the words of the Norwegian explorer, Fridtjof Nansen: “The history of the human race is a continuous struggle from darkness to light. It is therefore of no purpose to discuss the use of knowledge — man wants to know and when he ceases to do so, he is no longer man”.


Solar Wind Space Activity Space Science Space Programme Scientific Impact 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. R. Larsen
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  1. 1.Norway

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