Achieving the distant and the unknown has always been viewed as evidence of human efficiency. And that's just one of the motives that pull people into space.
There's this curiosity about what it looks like in a place that you can't seem to get to; the dream of discovering the secret of life in alien spheres, if there is one; Find treasures like "the gold of the moon"; to be able to look down on the earth from above. Or maybe to leave them behind for good and live in the most distant foreign lands.
Space has always been an infinite projection surface for humanity, a target area for utopias.
There is little that drives people more than making their dreams come true.