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The International Space Station Has been Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, thanks to Norwegian Parliamentarian Mr. Karstein Eidem Lovaas.

Yes! and Why Not?
This Inanimate Object Deserves a Nobel Peace Prize

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.

The ISS: A Beacon for Equal, Peaceful Space

One of the biggest lessons of the ISS is the value of exploration: there are often unexpected benefits from the journey itself as well as from the attainment of the objective. The ISS has played a key role in advancing multiple scientific disciplines, including pharmaceutical research for cancer treatment and prevention, commercial and non-governmental applications, Earth sciences, and remote sensing for terrestrial resource management.

Walls and borders do not engender peaceful coexistence; rather, peace occurs through openness and sharing. Despite years of evidence and examples of working, exploring, and living in peace, the ISS has not yet received the well-earned global acknowledgement of its successes. This is a model that can exist on Earth, for Earth.

Now, just about anyone who lives on our planet can look up on a clear night and see the International Space Station transit the starry sky. It outshines all other satellites in the heavens and stands singularly as a powerful testament to international progress and peace, to a level field of Equal Space™.

The ISS has pioneered new and innovative approaches to fostering international cooperation. Perhaps most importantly, the effort involved in sustaining the program while integrating various national interests and investments has transformed what was at times a fragile and precarious coalition at its start into a strong and united international partnership committed to common peaceful goals.

Next Steps After Nomination

If you feel so inclined, you can let the Nobel Committee know you think the ISS should be on the short list for the Peace Prize! 

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