Mankind’s long fascination and obsession with the sun, moon, and stars — partly driven by fear of their influence on the Earth — gave rise to existential explanations based on superstition, religion, and science developed over time.
People wanted answers to haunting questions such as: Where is the beginning and end of space? What lies beyond our planetary system? Was Earth made by God or did it evolve? Is there intelligent life out there and could it be more advanced than the people on Earth? Have space beings visited Earth and do they come and go regularly?
With the development of better telescopes, the large planets in the immediate vicinity of Earth were identified and a very rudimentary understanding began to emerge. That improved further with increasingly more sophisticated developments such as airplanes that raised the possibility of flying to space.
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Edited by Jesus Chan
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