Space exploration has increased human knowledge and presence within the Solar System, and it has brought tangible science and technology benefits to our lives. The success of space exploration has its maximum exponent in the International Space Station (ISS) where sophisticated capabilities and fruitful partnerships have been developed. The ISS is still producing meaningful benefits for humanity by providing a platform for conducting physical and life sciences experiments as well as research related with the constrains of long-time human space flight. The future of space exploration will be to send robotic and human missions beyond Low-Earth orbit (LEO), to the Moon, to asteroids, to Mars and beyond. Most of the people who will make it a reality are now teenagers, students or young professionals. The Global Exploration Roadmap (GER) is being development by space agencies in the frame of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG). It represents an international effort to prepare collaborative human and robotic space exploration and to define feasible and sustainable exploration pathways to the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and Mars over the next 25 years.
The topic of exploration is in the centre of SGAC interest, including special working groups during the SG Congress held every year in conjunction with the IAC. Our aim is the creation of an international and interdisciplinary forum integrated by students and young professionals to approach Space Exploration from a multidisciplinary point of view and focused in the 8 common goals outlined in the GER:
- Develop Exploration Technologies and Capabilities
- Engage the Public in Exploration
- Enhance Earth Safety
- Extend Human Presence
- Perform Science to Enable Human Exploration
- Perform Space, Earth, and Applied Science
- Search for Life
- Stimulate Economic Expansion
Through articles, reports, meetings and conference presentations we would like to integrate the perspectives of the next generation of space explorers into the GER implementation.