Top 10 Reasons Why Space Exploration Matters to You

Protection From a Catastrophic Asteroid: Once every 10,000 years or so an asteroid hits our planet. Shouldn't we be prepared.

It Will Lead to More Great Inventions: The space blanket, which helps people to warm up quickly, was invented by NASA scientists.

It Will Be Good for Your Health: NASA's Twins Study compared astronaut Scott Kelly, at right, during his year in space with his Earth-bound twin brother.

Space Exploration Is Inspirational: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says space exploration gets people interested in science and related fields.

It's Important for National Security: In 2019, a law passed by Congress with bipartisan support created the U.S. Space Force, a new branch of the U.S. armed.

We Need Raw Materials From Space: The moon is believed to be a potential source of rare earth elements such as europium.

Nations Can Work Together Peacefully: Crews from three different countries have a meal together at the International Space Station.

It Could Help Answer a Really Big Question: The images sent back from the James Webb Space Telescope in July 2022 showcase Webb's capabilities to peer through.

Humans Need to Fulfill Their Urge to Explore: Former NASA administrator Michael Griffin said, "Who among us does not know the wonder and mystery and awe and magic.

We May Need to Colonize Space to Survive: Illustration of a NASA Mars Exploration Rover at work on Mars. Opportunity was the second of two Mars Exploration Rovers.

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