The things we can achieve when we are determined and united. After several individual attempts that yielded important breakthroughs, the International Space Station finally became a reality as the new millennium ushered in a new era for human space exploration.
This is significant because it is a further step towards longer manned space exploration. It is neither practical nor possible for space exploration to proceed without nation states joining together in this great endeavor. Our deepest desires are shared and exploration is at the core of our being.
The fact that so many nations took a vested interested in the success of the project is a positive sign that we can overcome differences and come together as one. Perhaps one day we might even be able to do away with arbitrary divisions and come together as one race inhabiting one planet.
“With a partnership that includes 15 nations and with 68 nations currently using the ISS (International Space Station) in one way or another, this unique orbiting laboratory is a clear demonstration of the benefits to humankind that can be achieved through peaceful global cooperation.”
— Charles Bolden & John Holdren
“In the history of humanity, there have been many languages, including French, that have served as universal languages: Latin, Chinese, Arabic, and more. Yet none of them ever ruled the world the way English does today…
English is becoming a universal language such as humans have never had before.”
— Minae Mizumura
“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, ‘See! This our father did for us.’”
— John Ruskin
“And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”
— John F. Kennedy