There push of the human being to overcome his own limits and boundaries, you know, it is innate. And if in the past the challenge was to cross the seas to conquer unknown lands, now it is Space. At Expo 2020 Dubai it is The thematic week dedicated to space technology ended today. Large and small nations, developed and emerging economies, for all the direction is the same to invest in the exploration of new planets. The Space is at the center of several pavilions, starting with the one on mobility, under the theme of Expo. Project by the British studio Foster, it is an immersive journey, from the desert to the space program of the United Arab Emirates, which after sending the first astronaut to the International Space Station in 2019 and the Hope spacecraft on Mars last February, these days they announced a new mission to Venus. Erik van der Schaft, Director of the Mobility Pavilion “In general, space exploration drives innovation that we also use on Earth. Let’s think of Teflon, which covers the pots or the GPS, but the more long-term ambitions are really the possibility of living on other planets ”.
And if to us ordinary visitors, space missions still seem like science fiction, the numerous discussions this week, which involved astronauts, universities, scholars, companies, have shown how they are instead fundamental for a sustainable future, from climate change to food security, to water management, and how the space economy can serve as a catalyst for human growth and well-being. Scott Kelly, former NASA astronaut. “In the long time I spent in Space it really is changed my perspective on Earth: see our planet from afar and how much it is the atmosphere is fragile, see the devastation of the forests. Look at the land masses, but you don’t see borders between countries. This gives you the feeling that we are all together, in this thing called humanity. ”
The most spatial national pavilions? The Moon is the protagonist of the United States, with one of the largest rock samples collected during the Apollo missions; France proposes a capsule that catapults into the stars, Italy the atomic clock Loenardo, used by space satellites. And when the sun goes down the show, under the dome of Al Wasl, in Arabic precisely, to remind you that only when countries meet and learn about knowledge progress, it is possible to connect truly sustainable.