When man first went to the moon, there was quite a bit of excitement for those who were left on Earth. The excitement lasted through many manned flights to the International Space Station but has been on the low end for the past few years.
Enter SpaceX and Elon Musk. With the new focus on and money being poured into commercial spaceflight, interest in space travel is again soaring. Here are a few things to think about.
Commercial Flights Taking Payloads to Space
With NASA’s space shuttles no longer in service, the United States needed another way to send payloads into space. SpaceX has paired with NASA to send supplies to the ISS. In addition, they launch satellites for commercial customers. Whether it’s NASA or a commercial aerospace company, the right aerospace fittings make the difference to safe flight.
The Human Connection
With the Space Shuttle program petering out, many people wondered if the U.S. would ever send people into space without having to catch a lift from other countries. Now that SpaceX has launched humans safely to the ISS, that is no longer a concern.
Increased Interest in Space Travel
Many people want to continue the exploration of space. Not only do they want to do more in-person research on the moon, but they also want to see Mars in person. This is no longer just a vision that science fiction writers have put into play. With innovations in technology happening all the time and wealthy people funding research into space projects, the question is not whether humans will reach Mars. Instead, it is only a matter of time.
Benefits of Space Exploration
For those who wonder if going into space is worth it, think about some of the things that were originally created to facilitate space travel and exploration that help us today. Here are just a few:
- Artificial limbs
- Water filtration systems
- Solar cells
- Wireless communication equipment
- Insulin pump
- Scratch resistant glasses lenses
Whether you know it or not, space travel is still in the future and it’s benefits are many.