Why do We Explore Space?

There are many reasons we explore space. Think of the Christopher Columbus and the first travelers that were willing to explore and find the new world. Think of the settlers who traveled and made settlements from east to west across the United States in search of new land, new opportunities and new experiences. It seems to be almost a natural instinct of man to explore the unknown. Another reason to explore space is the search for new resources. As the population of the Earth continues to grow, man looks for new opportunities and new resources in space that may aid or supplement life here on Earth.