Thirty-six years after the leap

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first among humans to walk on the moon.

Behind the image, one person’s accomplishment was really an illustration of the commitment put forth by many. One country’s drive and persistence in exploration opened the door for new developments in the world of science and its need to globalize to further improve the livelihood of people.

While at the time, the space race had many political implications, its motivation does not take away from its accomplishments. The developments of Teflon, Velcro and other advances in science were a result of the moon exploration. The persistence of U.S. citizens in placing their hope in this difficult task was remarkable. Despite the fact that projects kept exploding, there was persistence until the mission was successful. A society’s active and curious nature pushed a failing project into success. An active and curious society is one that always explores, and this drive to explore is a great quality. After all, was it not exploring that caused the discovery of this great land? Questioning pushes people to understand their world. The great Socrates questioned his society and encouraged his peers to be analytical beings. Questioning is the key to a healthy society; it propels people to examine the world and seek understanding.

The Apollo mission on the moon was a collective effort on behalf of many scientists, politicians, engineers and the public who infused the mission with their hopes and dreams. Missions since the moon landing have been collective in nature, combining the intellect and materials from different parts of the world. Today, robotic exploration is highly internationalized. The future of space is a promising one, but to move forward, isolation is no longer an option; a global effort is needed.

Historically, much has been gained from exploration, and, truly, a world without exploration is a limited one. For this reason, the world must come together to further understand and improve the situation of people everywhere, whether this plays itself in a global effort in the space industry or any other issues that affect the world as a whole. Societies must come together to improve the situation of all people.