An interesting perspective on space exploration and to me a reason why the Mars hype is just that hype.
I’m about to say something that seems at odds with the space community-
It’s not about being first.
There is a curious preoccupation with people associated with space exploration and human spaceflight. That’s the idea of “being first”. First in space, first to orbit, first on the Moon. First of a gender or ethnicity. First to do “X’.
The media feed off the notion of “first”. It’s headline ready, easy to report, and doesn’t require any investigation. Public attentions span being what it is, the notion of “first” fits easily into a sound-byte and sates the Nationalist agenda so many would-be leaders feel necessary to to trumpet.
That said, I don’t mean to imply there is no merit in the accomplishments of the pioneers. Gagarin and Armstrong will forever be enshrined on the podium of human history. Nothing can or should diminish the struggle of the minorities who overcome injustices…
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