Part 2
Let's look back in Time

The fascination for the Cosmos is as old as mankind itself. Humans have gazed at the Stars and the Planets for as long as we can and care to remember. In fact one could go even further... Who has ever seen a dog or an ape... gaze at the heavens?
Being "Human" seems somehow related to this feat.
Are we humans because we gaze at the Stars or do we gaze at them because we are human?
Did the heavens make us human...?

Finding the answer to this question might tell us were we come from and were we will go...
It is an historical fact that most of our culture has come, directly or indirectly, from the observation of the heavens. Interestingly, the further one looks in time, the stronger this relation becomes.

Remember the famous Stonehenge or other Celtic monuments, or the pyramids, cathedrals, all these monuments symbolically directed at the stars?

Freud was wrong! Unlike what he claimed, churches and towers were not reflecting hidden sexual aspirations... but were simply pointing fingers, spiritual Spaceships aspiring at the heavens. (If old Freud used to see a phallus symbol in a church tower, just imagine what he would think of the all new vibrating European launcher Ariane 5 !)

At a time were even the word "space travel" was unknown, the rich an mighty Egyptians of the antique, prepared for their final departure to the world beyond by building huge Pyramids (spaceports) but also by preparing  a "light" version of everything they might need during their long trip. This is exactly what modern Astronauts do while preparing for a space flight!

So the idea of Space travel is in fact nothing new. It is but the hardware of a very old longing... a dream as old as mankind itself!
Even religion, mathematics, and art have their roots among the stars.

Isn't Paradise supposed to be in the heavens? Weren't most artists in the past painting for religious purposes, or reflecting mystic feelings associated with the Heavens? Why were the greatest mathematicians also renowned Astronomers (or vice versa)?

The highly praised "gravity swingbys", a measure used by scientists to direct and accelerate or slow-down spacecraft, are based on calculations made by Astronomers 400 years ago! In fact one could say that we were able to calculate such orbits mathematically long before real mathematics were born!

Our present ability to build spaceships is therefor nothing more than the loop being looped. Thousand year old cosmic knowledge and apprenticeship is finally being turned into usable hardware and ... Spaceships! The ultimate technology,... returning there were it originated ... in the heavens.
Ironically enough, it seems that, the more we integrated and used the "Cosmic Culture" over the centuries, and the more our personal comfort increased thanks to it, the more we became personally distant to our source of inspiration. Now that this "cosmic integration" has finally brought with it the capacity to build spaceships, familiar voices resound calling for an end of the Space programs.

If space probes and manned spacecraft bring us closer to the heavens on the one side, we have lost the habit of gazing at them on the other, either because we haven't got the time, either because pollution "blacks out" the night sky.

The greatest threat to the future of mankind may not be our nuclear arsenal, but comfort induced lack of vision

Will we have the insight to recognize the real potential of Space Conquest for the future of mankind, instead of starting space programs just to satisfy the needs of the Space Industry?

Space World makes no difference between someone interested or involved in Space technology and a UFO "believer", someone interested in Astronomy or a follower of Astrology, New Age, Techno Music ... etc. ... as in our opinion they have all something in common; they gaze at the Stars and they are interested in Spaceships.

These (and others) are some of the the different cultural reflections of a huge historical movement, that is changing our world and our way of thinking. Thus Space World was specifically designed to interest a wide variety of people.

Space World includes Art because women, and with them 50% of the population, seemed to be attracted to it more than men, who are more interested by the technology, although this trend is changing too.

The exhibition tries to reflect on all of these aspects, while promoting the need for a dynamic, intelligent Space Program