The Journey of Discovery
Explorer 1 was a beginning for science, of discovering that space is a beautiful place, says NASA Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen in a new video commemorating the 60th anniversary of Explorer 1, the first U.S. satellite.
“It’s a beginning of exploration of other planets, of understanding our Earth as a system,” says Zurbuchen. “It’s also a beginning of answering questions that we thought about for millennia, and for the first time we can answer scientifically. Questions like: Where are we from? Is there life out there?”
The most exciting part of the journey of discovery is what’s to come, he adds, calling future exploration “an international activity in which humanity together transcends the boundaries and really opens up views of the world in a way we could have never imagined.”
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