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The space community mourned the loss of a distinguished, unique crew, some of us lost close friends, and families lost their beloved ones. In the face of this tragedy, inevitably the question was asked: Should we fly into space? Is the risk not too high, the price we are paying for this endeavour not excessive? It is difficult, if not impossible, to answer questions regarding the value of our deeds when they are connected with an account for human lives. I will not attempt to answer this question.

Roberto Vittori Explore to see what is out there, outside our planet. This is what my two children, Edoardo and Davide, would like to do. Explore to preserve the resources of the Earth. Explore to satisfy the human desire to find answers and proceed further. Education Roberto graduated from the Italian Air Force Academy in 1989. S. Air Force at Reese Air Force Base in Texas, US, in 1990. S. Navy Test Pilot School in 1995. , New Mexico, US) between 1996 and 1997. ” Explore for ourselves, for our children and for the benefit of generations to come.

But what are these ties? I believe they root in our deepest inner self. Human beings have a desire to explore the unknown, to comprehend the worlds beyond, to probe the boundaries – and thus push them further. ” questions. Is not the growing child, asking all these questions (Why does the Sun shine? Why is the sky blue? Why are the seas salty? Why are the mountains high? ) a symbol of the human being who grows by asking questions in the desire to better understand himself and his surroundings? Why should the sky be the limit?

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