Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques says that space exploration has been one of the things humanity has put a “little extra” into in order for it to progress.

Saint-Jacques said that while the priority of humanity has always been things like education, healthcare and the economy, the small fraction of the resources that have been put into advancing ideas like space exploration have helped humankind progress in ways thought unimaginable.

“That’s how we get out of the caves, invented writing, invented, you know, horse-riding initially, dared to go through the desert, dared to climb mountains, dared to go in the sea, dared to invent all the beauty that we have around us now,” says Saint-Jacques.

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