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The benefits of space exploration

Though only a lucky few have experienced space for themselves, all of humanity has prospered thanks to space travel.

Saturn and its rings are in the foreground with a bright blue dot of Earth underneath the rings

In 2006, the international Cassini spacecraft this image titled In Saturn’s Shadow – The Pale Blue Dot. The bright blue dot just below Saturn’s rings is Earth. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

MOUSE OVER TO INTERACT WITH THE PANORAMA: Perseverance captures its first 360-degree panorama of its new home. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

Earth rising above the Moon's horizon

Taken from Apollo 11 spacecraft, this image shows Earth rising over the Moon’s horizon. Credit: NASA

A small light blue dot seen through Saturn's rings

On Feb. 14, 1990, Voyager 1 captured this photograph of Earth. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The International Space Station with the Moon in the distance and Earth below it

The International Space Station photographed by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli. Credit: ESA/NASA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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Hazards to human spaceflight

Hazards to human spaceflight

Swollen heads, increased cancer risk, and inevitable bickering are just a few of the major hurdles astronauts venturing to other worlds will face.

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