- Daniel Beringer
- Aurora, CO
- United States
Teller, Academy Bank
Does space exploration encourage international cooperation?
Pardon the brevity of this, I will happily answer any questions you may have.
Space exploration encourages international cooperation for several reasons: As a branch of science and technology, space exploration is subject to some of the same trends. Scientists do not care so much about what country a scientist is from as they do about their scientific achievements. Look at the LHC; it's like the ISS of particle physics. Science dismisses national identity in favor of intellectual accomplishment. Space exploration is inherently scientific; space exploration dismisses national identity in favor of intellectual accomplishment.
Honesty is required for effective cooperation between nations. You can't mess with the truth with rockets. They explode if you do. You can't fudge the numbers on orbital mechanics. You can't exaggerate your products capabilities; the difference between statement and reality will soon be obvious. Space requires honesty : international cooperation requires honesty. Space aides international cooperation by enforcing honesty.
Space requires a level of competence bordering on perfection. You can't make many mistakes with a $20 million dollar satellite, much less with people lives. Having an international pool of talent to draw upon will reduce the chance of deadly mistake.
Seeing the Earth as a brilliant blue crescent slowly spinning against the backdrop of diamond stars strewn across the depths of space can't help but to challenge ones national affiliations. You would begin to see yourself as a citizen of Earth. I haven't heard any astronaut say otherwise, and they'd be the best to know.
Space exploration encourages international cooperation by way of an inherent honesty to the enterprise, a need for the best in the world, large scale projects like the ISS, and the visceral experience of seeing the Earth from space, bolstered by the shared international qualities of science.