Exploration

A Human Imperative?
  • Harry L. Shipman

Abstract

From the very beginning of the space program, its proponents have sought to evoke the Golden Age of Discovery, that momentous era when humanity, led by Western Europeans, became aware of the true dimensions of the globe. Many satellites and missions have names that evoke this era. The first American satellite was called Explorer 1, and the name was given to a whole series of small scientific satellites. The two most famous explorers, Columbus and Magellan, have posthumously given their names to a future mission to Venus and to the European part of the American space station.

Keywords

Europe Lith Century Amid Marketing Cocaine 

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Reference Notes

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