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1. While the unit explored the impact that scientific research has on our society and on our understanding of space, this Ted Talk explores the way that space technologies and space research specifically can impact our society and current lives on Earth. Discuss the similarities and differences between these two topics. Compare and contrast the usefulness of scientific research on our society with the usefulness of space research on our lives on Earth. This unit talked about how scientific research can expand our knowledge about the universe. This Ted Talk, on the other hand, discusses how space technologies and research can impact our lives here on Earth. Scientific research impacts our society by teaching us more about the world we live in and helping us understand how the world works. Space research improves our lives, however, by using the new knowledge about the universe to help individuals around the world improve their living conditions. 2. What is the Outer Space Treaty? What idea that Wood discusses does this treaty help to illustrate? How? Explain. The Outer Space Treaty says that our knowledge gained from space exploration should be used to benefit all people, not just those with high degrees of economics or scientific development. Wood explains that this treaty helps illustrate the idea of ending inequalities between people based on their gender, race, or level of knowledge. This will be done by offering scientific knowledge to all people, not just those who are rich or high in status.

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