What’s the best space program spin-off? It’s not pacemakers or smoke detectors, says former astronaut @lelandmelvin. It’s this.
“Exploration leads us to a better life; heart pacemakers, smoke detectors, all these things that have come out of the space program. But it's also not just the technological things, but it's the part that brings us together as a humanity. “I was in space on my first commission with African American, Asian American, French, German, Russian, the first female commander — people we used to fight against are now breaking bread at 17,500 miles an hour going around the planet every 90 minutes seeing a sunrise and a sunset every 45 while breaking bread listening to Sade 'Smooth Operator'. That was surreal. That blew my mind and it gave me this perspective shift when I look back at the planet, like Ron Garan's book Orbital Perspective. “And so as we do this space station thing, as we maybe go back to the moon and build a habitat, but eventually we're going to be going to another planet.” Find the full video at bigthink.com or YouTube.com/bigthink!