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5 technologies you never knew came from space travel

With so much interest today in commercial space travel, you may think that space technologies are exclusively concerned with finding new planets to inhabit, like Elon Musk's mission to colonize Mars. Some think of space travel as a leisure pursuit for billionaires who've already been everywhere they want on Earth.

But what's less discussed is the contribution space technologies have made to life on Earth. Let's explore five of the most remarkable achievements enabled by space travel, which we now experience every day.

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If we get to Mars, will we ever come back? Retired Astronaut Nicole Stott about crucial space-questions.

Nicole Stott is a retired NASA astronaut turned artist. She spent several months at the International Space Station - and so we spoke to her about space travel. We kept it brief.

She speaks about international cooperation in multi-planetary settlements, permanent presence on the moon, travelling to Mars and staying there and preserving life on earth. And discusses if we will be so stupid to destroy our planet.

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We might see life on other planets soon

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Brian Schmidt believes in life on other planets but doubts we would get to meet it in this century.

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Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt about discovering life out there and why we won't be able to get there

Brian Schmidt was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011 "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae." So he seemed to be the right person to talk to about space travel and life in the universe for World UFO Day. Schmidt, the Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, believes we could find extraterrestrial life within his lifespan. He just doubts we could find a way to go and see it anytime soon.