Summary of 6 Space Technologies We Can Use to Improve Life on Earth

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Space engineer Danielle Wood finds inspiration in space for sustainable development on Earth. In this talk, Wood explains why space discovery and research must benefit all, not just the elite. If you’re curious about how space technologies can have down-to-earth, humanitarian applications, getAbstract recommends this video to you.

About the Speaker

Danielle Wood is an assistant professor at MIT and directs the Space Enabled research group.



Aerospace engineer Danielle Wood discovered her calling at 17 years of age, as a NASA intern. That summer, Wood saw the Columbia space shuttle launch, carrying into space the Chandra X-Ray Observatory for the study of black holes. A year later, on her summer break from MIT, Wood discovered an additional calling: teaching English, math and science to young Kenyan girls. Wood’s dual missions dovetailed when a mentor at NASA explained that nations like Kenya had been applying space technology for decades to improve their citizens’ lives and communities. Wood had found her niche – the intersection between space exploration and earthly development for underserved populations.

Wood’s mission invokes the international Outer Space Treaty of 1967. It said that space exploration should benefit “all peoples, irrespective of their level of economic or...

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