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Human Flexibility and Creativity

Space exploration involves a finely crafted partnership between robots and people. Robots are useful in well-defined, repetitive, and predictable situations. Robots have nearly unlimited stamina and never become bored, fearful, or angry. They are not, however, flexible and creative. People can organize information in many different ways, deal with ambiguity, take advantage of unexpected opportunities, use their intuition, and apply common sense. In light of the work that needs to be done in space, there will always be a need for human skills.

Missions such as the one suggested here—human travelers at work in the Noctis Labyrinthus area of the Valles Marineris canyons of Mars—can advance scientific knowledge and enhance our understanding of the universe. Missions such as the one suggested here—human travelers at work in the Noctis Labyrinthus area of the Valles Marineris canyons of Mars—can advance scientific knowledge and enhance our understanding of the universe.


Spaceflight as a Psychological Boost

As a challenging and unique environment, space promises visitors a psychological boost. Training for and working in space allows...

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