On October 4, 1957, the Soviets launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, into space. It marked another milestone in humanity’s progress and the advancement of technology.

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The success of this mission filled our minds amazement about humankind’s progress and with the idea of going into space. It inspired a generation of engineers and scientists. It led directly to the creation of NASA through the space act bill.

What scares me the most about space exploration isn’t the possibility of meeting new lifeforms, it’s the possibility of humans repeating history. As a Métis woman, I wonder if other planets will be “discovered”, ignoring the fact that there is always life established there? If we will colonize without regards for the “savages” who lived there for thousands of years. Will we look down on civilisation that isn’t in advance according to our own standards? Seeing the world struggle with racism, xenophobia, hatred of the unknown, misunderstood, power struggles, unwillingness to accept equality for all, and how we treat the planet our source of life, I don’t think humanity is ready for true space exploration.

What do you think?