We need to rediscover the wonder of space exploration to save Earth

Going into space invites us to consider our position as the dominant species on a fragile planet, and how hard we must fight for it, says Richard Webb



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15 May 2019

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FIFTY years ago, almost to the day, Snoopy nearly made it to the moon. Not the canine wannabe pilot: Snoopy was also the call sign of the Apollo 10 lunar landing module (the service module was Charlie Brown, naturally). On 22 May 1969, in the dry run for the Apollo 11 landing two months later, it transported astronauts Eugene Cernan and Thomas Stafford to within 15 kilometres of the moon’s surface.

New Scientist‘s attitude at the time was notably sniffy. Putting a man on the moon, we wrote just before that event, required courage, organisation and ingenuity, but …

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