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Leva20051
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DBDauntless
Pro (for)

Should We Spend Money On Space Exploration

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Started: 3/7/2017 Category: Science
Updated: 10 months ago Status: Debating Period
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Leva20051

Con

So For Starters. The Risk Itself Is Huge. But Then Add The Cost. And it Makes it seem Like A Horrible Choice. It Takes About 500$ MILLION dollars just to launch a rocket into space. So If you Ever think about Going into Space. Think About This
DBDauntless

Pro

Space exploration has been one of the most fruitful things that the US government has undertaken. It has fostered the curiosity of the human race, and helped us understand things that seemed beyond our reach. NASA has given us such wonderful contributions such as better computer software, efficient solar power, and even LED's. Space exploration has been a catalyst for hundreds of scientific improvements that help us in our daily lives. Though it is labor and money intensive, we have the most qualified men and women do the work that needs to be done, and hopefully reaching someplace like Mars might give us new insights on how to solve problems that we haven't yet been able to decipher.
Just like anything else, space exploration is an investment, and since it has payed off in the past, I would be willing to put taxpayer dollars into it in the future.
Debate Round No. 1
Leva20051

Con

Okay. So It Has Done That. But what good does it do to us? What if the all attempts fail? Would you really risk your life just so we can find a new planet that we can't even live on? Sure we can try to live on mars. But then we have to go through ALL the trouble of trying to increase the size of the atmosphere which will take forever. So why try if it Doesn't help us?
DBDauntless

Pro

I don't understand the premise of the question "What good does it do to us?". If you don't count the many scientific advancements that I laid out "good for us", then I must be misunderstanding what you are labeling as good.
The hypothetical failure of a mission is irrelevant, because you cannot succeed if you do not put up a decent attempt. The risk is great, but it is dampened by the fact that science and mathematics have advanced so quickly, that a reliability of such a mission has increased drastically. The risk of exploration has not hindered humanity, because we accepted the risk, and did our best to confront and minimize it.
Frankly we don't know all the possibilities of colonizing another planet, just as we didn't know all the possibilities that colonizing the new world might bring. A planet doesn't need to be terraformed to be livable, NASA has already shown that there is equipment in their arsenal that can be used to keep colonists alive on the red planet. All that trouble can bring about scientific discoveries that may be able to help us on earth, in the same way that LED's did.
Debate Round No. 2
Leva20051

Con

Hey Nice Argument. Lets leave it to the Audience I guess now
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Leva20051 10 months ago
Leva20051
Hey btw thx for Accepting this Debate! May the best person Win!
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