Dear Spaceworld Visitor!
is my aim to show that Space is not an alien world, but that instead
it is part of everydays life.
In the Spaceworld2000exhibition (click
to see the exhibition list) , this ambitious goal is achieved through
a delicate mixture of Technology, Art, Models, Philosophy, Humor
and Visions of the future, as well as very special logistics. Even
though Space technology and Astronomy have revolutionised our life
and way of thinking, there is still a strong tendency to think that
what "happens above" may be fascinating, but that it doesn't really
mean much, and that funds allocated to these activities might be
better used elsewhere.
Spaceworld2000 exhibition (click to go to
see the exhibits in 3D!) brings Space down to Earth, allowing
the onlooker to feel, see, and enjoy it, as well as understand the
importance of this new/old element for the future of mankind.
Important is Space Conquest for our future?
is an interesting extract of an article in a Southern french local
The newspaper states that;
"...if it had not been for the Satellite factory of Cannes-la-Boca
on the French Riviera , the "Côte d'Azur" (Riviera) would
have been much worse hit by the economical recession that engulfed
the region since the beginning of the 90s. In fact one could say
that, it being at the top of the social pyramid, it saved the region
from bancrupcy...". Who would have thought that when the factory
was created 30 years earlier...and this in a region known for its
Jet-set and high lifstyle rather than for its spacecraft...?
This historical fact is not really surprising, considering that
satellites are expensive machines with prices ranging from 200 million
to several billion dollars and that this factory - the biggest in
Europe - produces a large number of them every year.
This means a tremendous amount of tax revenues for an otherwise
much poorer region.
So it could be said that this is a typical example of what the few
can do for the many...
Put on a global scale this example shows how a relatively small
space industry (in its infancy) will have a tremendous influence
on the fate of the (many) human beings living on this planet, even
when they are not directly related to this industry.
that in most Western Nations industries small and large have long
been "satellised" in specialised "zones at the city's boundaries,
it doesn't take much to imagine that in the future, on a planet
with a real global economy and in order to satisfy (the same) growing
ecological needs, the industry will be chased away again, but this
time in space.... and why not on the Moon!
Simply said; If the Moon wouldn't exist, we might have to build
The Earth's satellite has everything it takes to make a perfect
industrial area and take the burden off the mother planet.
But beware! It would be wrong to think that we will simply rebuild
on the Moon what we have on Earth. Future industrial lunar settlements
will be different, reflecting a new environment with new possibilities
and requirements. If in the short term this new industry will serve
terrestrial interests, in the long term it will develop as an independant
entity with its own laws and goals.
of years ago when mankind build its first "ships", basically wooden
rafts with a house on it, they tried to reproduce on the water what
they had on land. At the time the ocean was nothing but a huge deadly
lake with very little to offer compared to the safe rivers and shorelines.
So it must have taken a lot of courage and a very strong will to
push the limits and go where nobody had gone before. Nevertheless
it took many thousands of years more for a real naval industry to
develop with its own culture and rules. When the Spanish "Conquistadores"
set foot on the American continent they created a settlement boom
that led to the construction of thousands of huge vessels, the famous
Just imagine what this construction boom ment to the country, its
economy and its people!
In less than two centuries the new North American settler population
grew from a few thousand to 50 million! Apart from those that were
born on the continent most came from Europe by ship!
Again, just try to imagine how many vessels it took to bring that
many people over the "great pond".
Manned spaceflight is still in its infancy, and our Shuttles are
nothing but crude raft exploring the Earth's shoreline, but what
an excitement it is to imagine what the future will bring us!
Very few people today are aware how much space conquest has changed
our lives but also our culture and mentalities.
Ecology, for example has its roots in the sixties at a time when
Apollo astronauts brought back the first pictures of a lonely but
beautiful planet earth floating like a pearl in Space... Which political
speech could have had the effect of this single shot, this message
of "one lonely people on one lonely planet....", a message understandable
for even the simplest mind; " This is MY world!..."
Were did the idea of using solar energy come from? Could it be that
it came from the solar cells of satellites?
peace also becomes a likely possibility in a context where a (proportionally
small) mankind unites preparing to face the first challenges of
space travel in a huge solar system and universe. The construction
of the ISS by former ennemies and competing nations is a good example
of this trend.
SPACE CONQUEST is the only HUMAN Endevour that has the future potential
of providing an ever increasing number of human beings with work
and a life in decency. If ecology and carefull management of our
planet's resources will assure our survival on this planet, space
conquest will assure that mankind will one day survive it!
on the next page
you want to know what could happen if we don't develop in Space
and don't take care of our planet...
Then...click here and you'll see the
world in 2050 (after the "Greenhouse effect") !