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Cecil Scaglione, Editor

Traipsing Through Space Could Keep us Healthy

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Space exploration could be good for our health.

While it might be of faint benefit to you, the health and wellbeing of your great-great-great kids could depend on it.

It has to do with the fate of planet Earth and its residents. Will climate change make it unlivable? Will the globe become overcrowded with people? Will viruses and other critters overpower humans?

A means of escape and a place to escape to already are being explored as the road to survival for the human race.

The media has been treating upper-space flights by Tesla’s Elon Musk, Amazon founder and ex-CEO Jeff Bezos as fun-filled fillips of flabillionaires. But these gravity-beating sorties by far-seeing individuals may be giving us a pee into what will save mankind.

The United Arab Emirates’ Hope reached its Mars orbit in February and is man’s first mission to study the possibility of humans living on another planet. Chinese and U.S. orbiters joined it shortly that. They’re collection of data to determine if it’s feasible to colonize the red planet is more than mere curiosity.

Extinctions have barraged the earth a handful of times, the last occurring some 65 million years ago after a giant asteroid smashed into the Gulf of Mexico resulting in a catastrophic wipe-out of half of all marine organisms and a major chunk of land creatures, including the dinosaurs. There’s no certainty that a similar event can’t happen again.

Mr. Musk argues for making life multiplanetary to safeguard the existence of humanity in the event that something similar was to happen again.

“We need to get to Mars as quickly as possible,” he said, “to establish a base.” But he doesn’t expect us to stop there.

“One does not simply hopscotch to the stars on a whim,” he said. “It will take decades, if not centuries, to progress. We need to start now.”

The process actually began back in the ‘50s when the Russians launched Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. 

In the meantime, we enjoy a bundle of health benefits spawned by the space race. They include the development of memory foam mattresses and pillows that help us sleep better, more comfortable sneakers that ease pressure on legs and feet, and scratch-resistant lenses that keep our glasses clear so we can see better and avoid falling.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

October 18, 2021 at 7:15 pm

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