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Space power and the modern state

In his seminal 1994 book Pale Blue Dot, Carl Sagan compellingly argued that space exploration is not only an exciting endeavor, but also an indispensable undertaking that would ultimately ensure the continuation of the human species. Specifically, he asserted that civilization is obliged to become space-faring-not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive . . . if our long-term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds.1