Humanity has been fascinated with Outer Space since the beginning of our existence as an intelligent species. Astronomy, the study of space and its galaxies, stars, planets, and other objects, as well as its physical properties, has been one of the foremost concerns of natural philosophy, and later the natural sciences, starting with the ancient civilizations (Greek astronomy was among the most sophisticated . What is the Earth? What is the Sun? Or the Moon? What’s our position in space? What revolves around what? These were some of the questions that astronomers asked starting from ancient times, and have come up with various theories to explain them.
But it was not just the greatest minds of philosophers and scientists that were baffled by these issues–they have been the subject of popular imagination as well. Humans have always dreamed of “reaching for the stars,” and many of these dreams–space travel, landing on the moon, exploring our solar system–have come true thanks to our tremendous technological and industrial innovations.
But we still continue to dream, to reach further, and much of this is expressed in either more or less realistic plans for future space travel, or perhaps establishing space colonies on other planets or moons, or else in science fiction novels and films, and other works, which usually present very highly advanced technological futures for humanity, and often include contact with various forms of extraterrestrial life.
Here, on SpacePoint.com, you can find out more both about the history of astronomy and about humans’ conceptions of the universe around us, as well as the Apollo moon landing (one of humankind’s greatest scientific and technological achievements), prospects for future space exploration, and some of the most popular works of science fiction.