Peace is attained through producing and nurturing ideas for the advancement of all humanity on Earth. The International Space Station (ISS) is a symbol of international peace in daily action, with five space agencies representing 15 nations performing experiments on behalf of over 107 countries. For over 20 years and at 220 miles above the Earth, people of different cultures, traditions, and languages have been living and working together peacefully.
From the multilateral structure of management at ground level to the multi-national commanding ranks of astronauts aboard, decisions for and on the ISS are made by consensus. Nations that endured two World Wars and a Cold War have now been working together to first establish, and now expand, a permanent outpost in space.
Post-Cold War scientists and engineers were given an alternative to building weapons through this peaceful outlet instead, to which they could apply their talents and skills. Retired military personnel have related countless stories of how they were possibly flying watch or reconnaissance missions against those sitting across the table from them. Trust and understanding were nurtured between nations who otherwise knew little of each other.
The ISS has even fostered the development of a seedling economy in low Earth orbit, creating even more opportunities for scientists, engineers, artists, and entrepreneurs an outlet to direct their time and talents to the betterment of humanity.