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Should the U.s government expand its exploration and/or development of space

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Started: 5/9/2014 Category: Politics
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jv7295

Pro

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z88;z88;Premise 1 : One of the many promising benefits of the expansion of space is that it helped create many technological advances. It has led to the creation to things such as the Ground Processing Scheduling System , laser surveying, aircraft control,,cellphone cameras, weather forecasting, microcomputers, among a few other things. In order for more technological advances to be made, the U.S government needs to keep investing in the development of space exploration.

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Premise 2 : Another benefits that would arise if the U.S government increase space exploration is because in the past, new innovative ideas that have helped the environment. Ideas such as water purification, solar cells, and pollution remediation. Since we have a limited amount of resources on earth, expanding the exploration of space might lead to new discoveries that will help our environment.

C: The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration of space beyond the Earths mesosphere.
atthefinishingline

Con

P1. Although your claims logical they are far from being practical in today's economy. If the United States federal government contemplated increasing its exploration in developing space beyond the Earth's mesosphere then who would be financially responsible for funding such a program?
P2. The disadvantage of such a program involves the need to reserve billions of dollars in order to follow through with a vast plan of this capacity.
P3. It is not fair that the taxpayers should fund such a program when most are barely making it financially with their everyday responsibilities paying a mortgage, rent, buying groceries, child care expenses, education and the list goes on.
P4. It is not a secret that the United States always loans out monies to other countries who secure their own wealth and are not in any need for the resources.
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. . No the United States should not increase its exploration and/or development of space beyond the Earth's mesosphere due to the foreseen financial burden.

Citation: Publications relating to the 1984-85 college debate topic : resolved, that the U.S. federal government should significantly increase the exploration and/or development of space beyond earth's mesosphere. n.p.: Washington, D.C. : U.S. G.P.O., Supt. of Docs., [1984- ], 1984. Government Printing Office Catalog, EBSCOhost (accessed May 11, 2014).
Debate Round No. 1
jv7295

Pro

Premise 1: We, the taxpayers, would be responsible off course, as well as the U.s government. As taxpayers, we already spent $18 billion/year on non-science space activities which have little to no economic value whatsoever. Meanwhile, we have severely limited our investment on space exploration which plays a vitol role in our economy. The more we delay space exploration, the more we are losing.
http://spacefuture.com...

Premise 2: The benefits that the United States would gain would simply outweigh the disadvantages, it is an investment that has a great reward. According to G. Scott Hubbard, professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University and former director of the NASA Ames Research Center, "for every dollar we spend on the space program, the U.S. economy receives about $8 of economic benefit." Although the U.S would be investing billions of dollars, they would be gaining more in return.
http://freakonomics.com...

Premise 3: Space exploration has greatly contributed to the United States' economy and has made life easier on us with all of the technological advances it has made. Since we minimized our investment on space exploration, we have reached a terrible economic crisis. the space program brings $6.5 billion in revenue and has created 16,613 jobs directly related to the shuttle. Tax payers only have to pay $93 each year to keep the space shuttle going. Although it might seem like a steep price to pay, we have come to acquire so many technological advances in the last decade just from space exploration alone. Also, most Americans don't see this as "unfair" on the contrary, A recent survey found that 55% of Americans believe that the shuttle program was money well spent, while 58% feel that it is essential that the United States remain leaders in the space travel and exploration.
http://www.investopedia.com...

Premise 4: I don't understand how space exploration and the U.S loaning money to other countries go hand in hand. Space exploration has led to a competitive nature among countries which in return has only led to more innovative ideas but it has also united us as well.

C:The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration of space beyond the Earths mesosphere.
atthefinishingline

Con

P1. On the contrary, to increase the space exploration beyond the earth's mesosphere is extremely expensive and not beneficial to the earth's environment. Since establishing the creation of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in 1963, the United States federal government is currently funding NASA to the tune of $100 billion over a period for the next five years. Surely, those monies could go towards funding much needed programs elsewhere. Additionally, space technology is extremely costly to conduct research, design, build, test and launch.
Source: www.aiaa.com
P2. Space technology can be used as a weapon, due to the speed of which objects fall from space onto the earth, an ordinary missile fired from a space station for example; will cause more damage than both the nuclear bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki collectively.
P3. Another disadvantage is the Space Pollution/Junk created which causes problems with unneeded parts, such as empty fuel compartments are (dropped) and left behind in space and sometimes these parts manage to fall off onto space crafts and satellites. Some satellites that are no longer in use are left in space. Eventually, the collection of this junk orbiting the planet will eventually cause problems to future spacecraft's, due to the risk of crashing into them while the spacecraft is ascending out of the atmosphere.
P4. Furthermore, Space Pollution/Junk 2 as well could create problems for launching spacecraft's in the future, orbiting junk in space and the possibility of a collision with active satellites is grave, however, could damage or disable them, ultimately creating more space junk.
Source: www.wiki.answers.com>...>Technology>Space Travel and Exploration
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. . Indeed, there are many logically reason why there should not be an increase in space exploration beyond the mesosphere because of the potential risks it posses.
Debate Round No. 2
jv7295

Pro

Premise 1 : Actually, The U.S government is only Providing $17.5 billion in discretionary funding for NASA and Extending the life of the Space Station to 2024, not $100 billion as you mentioned. Furthermore, we're already investing millions of dollars on things that simply offer no economic benefits. by investing in space exploration, we'd be able to support the much needed programs you've mentioned and much more.As stated before, space exploration has brought solutions to some of the global challenges we've faced in the past decade such as hazardous"nearR08;Earth"asteroids and solar storms. The benefits simply outweigh the risk.
http://www.whitehouse.gov...

Premise 2: There are a few flaws in your premise For instance, Since the dawn of the Space Age some five decades ago, no human has been killed or even hurt by an artificial object falling from the sky. Also ,Many space objects experience a carefully controlled demise,Most objects are steered into remote parts of the ocean.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com...
http://news.nationalgeographic.com...

Premise 3: Space exploration carries environmental benefits as well. Some of these benefits include predicting extreme weather, cutting emissions such as green gas with the help of GPS, and among a few other things.Space debris is a plausible issue that the U.S is facing but with trial and error they are correcting such problem. Nasa has come up with a new and innvative idea to deal with space debris called SpaceView, which is a a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program that enrolls the talents of amateur astronomers to help protect American space assets from orbital trash.
http://www.yesmagazine.org...
http://www.space.com...

C:The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration of space beyond the Earths mesosphere.
atthefinishingline

Con

P1. It is obvious that you made no conscious effort to verify the $100 billion that has already been set aside by the United States federal government fir future explorations. Those figures are a direct quote from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and could not see any reason to post ambiguous figures.
P2. Although there are no reported cases documented linking space exploration activities to results in death but nothing is absolute. Establishing jus a mere possibility is reasonable of such activity happening is reasonable and open to debate.
P3. With such expansion this could lead to a chance of space bacteria findings its way back to earth and effecting the human race. Also human bacteria can also contaminate the planet/moon surfaces,
P4. The effects of such missions recently divulged the psychological damaged once the astronauts return home. The length of time spent away deems emotional issues as well.
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. . Therefore, space exploration beyond the earth's mesosphere should be banned.

Source: www.wiki.answers.com
WWW.AIAA.COM
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