This RAS booklet (published June 2013) explores how astronomy impacts our society, and highlights some of the areas where UK talent is leading the field in pushing back the boundaries of our understanding of the universe.
From detecting counterfeit goods to saving lives, the booklet explains how technology developed for astronomy has shaped our world, while case studies of former PhD students show how a background in space science can be the perfect springboard for varied careers in industry and commerce.
The Society gratefully acknowledges the support of the Science and Technology Facilities Council in the production of this booklet.
Several thousand printed copies have been distributed to policy makers and other interested parties. It is also available online: Beyond The Stars: Why Astronomy Matters.