As humans, it is in our nature to constantly pursue exploration and discovery of the unknown.
Once a mystery to us, the beauty and scale of our Cosmos has been uncovered due to incredible advances in technology. From the development of early Galilean telescopes to the current generation of orbital space telescopes, we as humans have always allowed our ingenuity and curiosity to propel us to new levels of understanding.
Our first sights of nearby cosmic objects were seen through polished glass lenses, using rudimentary optics to produce low-quality images. As we advanced, so did our ability to observe. Astronomers began to piece together our location in relation to the planetary bodies discovered by those who came before. As our view became clearer, theories regarding our place and purpose in the universe arose, often creating new questions waiting to be answered.
The cycle of scientific discovery appears to be never-ending. With each new observation, more important questions arise. This is the beautiful nature of science and discovery, and we as a species must continue to support it for as long as we wish to prosper.
Now, more than ever, investments in science and technology made through NASA are some of the smartest investments we as citizens can support. The discoveries and technological achievements accomplished through NASA’s continuing study of space move us forward technologically, economically and intellectually.