At a recent symposium held at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France, the topic of the International Space Station (ISS) was discussed in a broad context. One of the presenters, highlighting the international character of this project, made the statement that if the ISS had been operational by the beginning of the twentieth century, we probably would not have had two World Wars, by which he meant that working together in space brings people closer to each other and promotes mutual respect. His statement was of course purely conjecture, but his quite valid point was that if international projects such as the ISS had existed earlier in the 20th century, there would have been less likelihood of international world conflicts.
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