Space and the humanities

23 June 2017

There is more to space than rocket science. Artists, musicians, historians, diplomats, economists, law students, political scientists and sociologists have all contributed to our understanding of the space age and its impact on our societies over the past decades.

Sixty years on from the placing of the first human-made object in orbit around Earth, space is now an integral part of our daily lives. Space science and technology are projects for the whole of humankind, reaching not only outside Earth’s atmosphere, but also beyond our Solar System.

While the technological and scientific challenges of working, living and travelling in space motivate students to pursue such studies, the impact of space activities on our lives on Earth, on relations between nations and organisations, and our collective imaginations, provides fertile ground for other experts to analyse space but from a more ‘human’ perspective.

This minisite is meant to be a reference area, collecting together the various creative and cultural activities supported by ESA, across all areas of our agency, which aim to create awareness and broaden public interest in space. We hope that more people will share these works and, possibly, even be inspired to do their own. This site is not complete, and will grow with the creativity of those contributing to it.

There are many areas that have been influenced by space and many ways that space can influence our lives or how we perceive it. The main point to remember is that you don’t always have to be a scientist or an engineer to be involved in our space adventure...

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