Every species has a special trait, an evolutionary advantage that allows them to survive and thrive…to keep ahead of the predators and on top of the prey. Our special trait should really come as no great surprise: It’s the human brain.
More specifically, it is our ability to explore and discover, to seek out new information and then communicate what we learn to others of our kind who can build upon (and improve) it. Ultimately, there are few who understand the importance of this knowledge and exploration better than Alan Stern.
After all, Stern is a man who (quite literally) took humanity to new worlds.