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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. Space technologies and our everyday lives are closely bound in today’s world. Almost everything we use here on Earth has more than likely had some part in space technology. For instance our phones. On our phones we are able to do millions of things but some of the main ones are text, call, and use it as a map to give us directions on places we want to go. All of these functions require the use of satellites which are space technologies. While we do use a lot of functions that have been derived from space technologies there is a lot of stuff that would have little to no function for us here on Earth. 2. What is the Outer Space Treaty? What idea that Wood discusses does this treaty help to illustrate? How? Explain. The Outer Space Treaty is a treaty that states that the use and exploration of Outer space isn’t just for the benefit of a certain people, but for all peoples. This treaty helps to illustrate Wood’s idea that the world is engaged in a vital mission to improve life for everyone. 3. What does space technology have to do with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations? Identify specific instances or ways that the two are related and explain. Space technology is able to help us achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Satellites for instance allow us to track and observe our planet and space. Positioning satellites for instance we use for location they tell us where we are by telling us where they are. Scientists use these satellites for

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