It is the rare person who has gazed into the night sky and not begun to ask questions. Simple pondering like "What else is out there?" and "Are other planets like ours?" can provide the initial inspiration for unending series of research questions.
Numerous new scientific developments and discoveries have already come out of human desire to know more about and explore space. While some findings may only ever have direct space applications, many more result in spin off technologies, products and services with direct benefits to populations on Earth. Scratch resistant lenses, temper foam, freeze drying technology and improvements to radial tires are simple examples of space spin offs that have already contributed to the fields of health, public safety and transportation.
See below for recent documents relating to the Humna Space Technology Initiative (HSTI). For more documents, search the Documents Database.
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