Fostering links between environmental and space exploration: the Earth and Space Foundation

CS Cockell*, D White, D Messier, MD Stokes

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The links between Earth and space exploration occur across a broad spectrum, from the use of satellite technology to support environmental monitoring and habitat protection to the study of extreme environments on Earth to prepare for the exploration of other planets. Taking the view that Earth and space exploration are part of a mutually beneficial continuum is in contrast to the more traditionally segregated view of these areas of activity. In its most polarized manifestation, space exploration is regarded as a waste of money, distracting from solving problems here at home, while environmental research is seen to be introspective, distracting from expansive visions of exploring the frontier of space. The Earth and Space Foundation was established in 1994 to help further mutually beneficial links by funding innovative field projects around the world that work at the broad interface between environmental and space sciences, thus encouraging the two communities to work together to solve the challenges facing society. This paper describes the work of the foundation and the philosophy behind its programmes. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberPII S0265-9646(02)00043-7
Pages (from-to)301-306
Number of pages6
JournalSpace policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002


  • exploration
  • space
  • Earth
  • expedition
  • environmental
  • Mars


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