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    Posted May 12, 2014 by
    Kingwood, Texas
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    Peace in Space


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     westdeb7 told me, 'I am interested in space exploration like so many Americans because I see this as an exciting time for humanity as we become a space faring society to learn more about our universe and how it operates. I have written several articles on the Mars Rover and the Hubble Space telescope including interviews with NASA scientists and engineers and scientists who talk about consciousness, and my interest in space has been influenced by those interviews. Over the last decade, the emergence of Earth into the broader cosmos seems to be accelerating and I see this as the greatest leap that mankind has experienced in learning more about themselves.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    I have heard that Edgar Mitchell and other scientists agree that we are not alone in the universe. My question is since we are emerging into a space society, how can we ensure that we meet our neighbors in peace if we encounter them? Can we use the new technology that is being discovered thru international cooperation in space with other nations to help us form a more peaceful world and a more prosperous society? What kinds of things have we learned about outer space that would indicate that we should expect to encounter some new neighbors out there at some point and do you envision us working in collaboration with them the way we are doing on the ISS?

    Some have suggested that we ban all space-based weapons in order to have peace in the cosmos which may sound naive but would not that be to the benefit of all mankind? As scientists, would you find it easy to work with galactic neighbors to find and develop joint technologies to provide citizens of all planets more peace and harmony?
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