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RyanBeam
Pro (for)
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PowerPikachu21
Con (against)

Is space travel worth it?

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Started: 1/3/2017 Category: Science
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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RyanBeam

Pro

Is space travel worth the cost to the taxpayer and the risk to human life? I think it is.
PowerPikachu21

Con

We can stay on Earth for a few decades more.
Debate Round No. 1
RyanBeam

Pro

Space Travel isn't just about visiting neighboring planetary bodies. It's about stimulating a technological and economical boom here on Earth-- just look at the technological advancements that have come out of the last few decades of space travel. Without it, we wouldn't have LEDs, CAT scans, Camera Phones, The Jaws of Life, Water Purification Systems, Wireless Headsets, Prosthetic Limbs, Portable Computers, Satellite Television, Scratch-Resistant Lenses, Athletic Shoes... the list goes on and on. The technology that comes along with space travel has improved quality of life across the world already, and is sure to continue to do so in the future.

Right now, there are 6 people in space. The International Space Station has been continuously inhabited by humans for 16 years now, and the effect in the scientific community has been tangible. It's commercialized low earth orbit, creating jobs in the private sector. The scientific experiments conducted in the microgravity environment have been monumental in a variety of scientific fields, from geology to medicine. Not to mention the international cooperation Space Travel has brought. At the end of the Space Race, the United States and Russia began cooperating on the Shuttle-Mir program. This eventually led to dozens of countries working together to literally build a floating laboratory in space, which was beneficial towards the world's economy and scientific community as a whole.

NASA takes up 0.5% of the federal budget. That's less than pennies on the dollar for the American taxpayer. It's a bipartisan issue in congress, as well as on the world stage. What's not to like there? It has already united the world more than ever before, and if done right it could bridge the gap between democrats and republicans. We need to revitalize our interest in space to create millions of jobs and billions of dollars, not wait on it for a few decades.

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https://www.nasa.gov...
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http://www.roscosmos.ru...
http://www.nbcnews.com...
https://www.princeton.edu...
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