Policy ForumPlanetary Science

Human Space Exploration Is About More Than Just Science

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Science  08 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5634, pp. 771
DOI: 10.1126/science.1089117

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There are roles for both robots and humans in the scientific exploration of space. In this Policy Forum, Huntress argues that human exploration of space is motivated by societal factors other than science, but science should be a motivating force in defining human exploration goals.