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Astrophysics > Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics

Title: Astronomy, Space Science and Geopolitics

Abstract: Astronomy has played a major part in the development of civilisations, not only through conceptual developments, but most importantly through the very practical gains obtained through the observation of Sun, Moon planets and stars. Space sciences, including astronomy, have also played a major role in the development of modern societies, as engine for most subsequent space technology developments. Present trends tend to decrease the role of science in space development. This trend should be reversed to give modern "societies" their independence in space related matters that permeate the lives of all inhabitants of the Earth.
Comments: Contribution to the IAU symposium 260 "The role of Astronomy in Society and Culture"
Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)
Cite as: arXiv:1012.3035 [astro-ph.IM]
  (or arXiv:1012.3035v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)

Submission history

From: Thierry J.-L. Courvoisier [view email]
[v1] Tue, 14 Dec 2010 14:14:51 GMT (18kb)