Before Sputnik flew and before rocket launches into outer space had become commonplace, the distinction between science fiction and real world capabilities was crystal clear.
Ultimately our planet will be affected by climatic warming caused by an expanding Sun. Is it too soon to think about how we might save Earth?
Efficient expansion of human presence beyond low Earth orbit to asteroids and Mars will require the maximum possible use of local materials, socalled in-situ resources, and the Moon presents a unique destination to conduct robotic investigations that advance ISRU capabilities.
Water is key to life and one of the pillars driving planetary exploration.