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R_Jacob_Percival_M
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AdmiralSlaughter
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Should the government fund more space travel?

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Started: 2/14/2017 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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R_Jacob_Percival_M

Pro

In 2014, NASA received $17.6 Billion in funding from the U.S. government. This represented .5% of the of the $3.4 Trillion budget last year and 35% of total spending on academic scientific research in the United States.

I think that the government should continue fund more space exploration. I believe that a space agency that is fully funded will be beneficial to human society and history as a whole.

Thank you for accepting this debate. Use round one to give your opening statements, no rebuttals or counterarguments, though.
AdmiralSlaughter

Con

The most simple answer I can give for the lack of funding for the space exploration and why we should not is because it is not a priority. The reason for NASA and its establishment and its support by the government is the space race. And that is my opening argument. (Sorry if I seem sloppy or broken in structure this is my first debate on this site and am using this to get used to it.)
Debate Round No. 1
R_Jacob_Percival_M

Pro

Thank you for accepting this debate.

1. NASA and space exploration as a whole is important. The value of it did not end with the end of the Space Race- it is a shell of history destined to lead nowhere. NASA researchers as well as their research itself created whole hosts of spin-off projects which have enriched our lives. Here's most of those directly related to NASA: Infrared ear thermometers, artificial limbs, small LEDs, Scratch-resistant lenses, space blankets (such as the kind in first-aid kits,) Aircraft anti-icing systems, safety grooving which reducing danger from cars skidding on highways, improved tires, chemical detectors, video enhancing tools, fire-resistance reinforcement, firefighting equipment, memory foam, enriched baby food, portable cordless vacuums, freeze-dried food, digital image sensors, water purifiers, solar cells, pollution remediation, improved GPS (which was created by the space race,) remote controlled ovens, powered lubricants, and improved mine safety.
(see: https://en.wikipedia.org..., as well as the recommended links at the bottom of that page)

With all of those life-changing inventions, such as artificial limbs, it is clearly evident that NASA has played a major role in our lives thus far. Hopefully we can agree on that.

Now, I will attempt to convince you that NASA is still relevant. If NASA research has affected our day-to-day lives in such areas including public safety, transportation, health, and even recreation, it is clear that increased, or at least continued funding will continue to be fruitful.

2. Elon Musk says it best when he said, "The future of humanity is going to bifurcate in two directions: Either it's going to become multiplanetary, or it's going to remain confined to one planet and eventually there's going to be an extinction event." https://www.youtube.com... It may seem cliche, but the future of humanity depends on it. If you don't believe that humanity could be facing extinction and we wouldn't know until it was too late, see here: https://www.youtube.com.... Plus, why not see what's around the corner and push our limits?

3. If you are not convinced yet, let me show you the economic advantages of Space travel and exploration. Entire industries are waiting to be created. Space tourism, for one, could be a huge money-maker. NASA even created some really cool vintage-style posters on space tourism. http://edition.cnn.com.... Another industry waiting to be made is space mining. According to wikipedia, howstuffworks, and space.com, asteriods alone could contain "...gold, iridium, silver, osmium, palladium, platinum, rhenium, rhodium, ruthenium and tungsten for transport back to Earth; iron, cobalt, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, aluminium, and titanium for construction; water and oxygen to sustain astronauts; as well as hydrogen, ammonia, and oxygen for use as rocket propellant." -wikipedia, fact checked on other sources; https://en.wikipedia.org..., http://science.howstuffworks.com..., http://www.space.com.... There is money to be made with resource extraction and tourism.

4. The USA should not fall behind just because the Soviet Union tripped first. The EU, China, and Russia are huge contenders in the New Space Race. The US doesn't even send their own astronauts to the International Space Station anymore, Russia does. We need to be self-reliant as a nation on this new frontier.

5. NASA's budget of only $18.4 billion/year is just 0.5% of the entire budget. There is $14.9 billion just to fighting ISIS. https://www.thebalance.com.... I am not degrading the work currently done against ISIS, but when one problem, admittedly a big one, but still short-term, takes up almost as much our entire spending on EVERYTHING that happens more than 30,000 feet above us. NASA can't research the necessary experiments to enrich our lives as well as explore the boundaries of space with only a half a cent of every federal dollar spent on it. http://www.penny4nasa.org.... I am not here to propose methods of funding, but if we somehow increase tax by 1/2 cent/dollar or divert the same amount toward NASA, more pioneering enterprises will come out of NASA.

6. If nothing else, it is the promise of seeing the beauty of this fragile place that we call home, so that we can see more such wonders such as:
https://cdn.spacetelescope.org...
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AdmiralSlaughter

Con

I forfeit
Debate Round No. 2
R_Jacob_Percival_M

Pro

Thank you for debating. This text is necessary to finish debate
AdmiralSlaughter

Con

Just finishing round to end debate
Debate Round No. 3
R_Jacob_Percival_M

Pro

This is necessary to finish debate.
AdmiralSlaughter

Con

This is necessary to finish debate
Debate Round No. 4
R_Jacob_Percival_M

Pro

Last round to finish debate, thanks for debating.
AdmiralSlaughter

Con

No problem it was fun for when it lasted
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by AdmiralSlaughter 1 year ago
AdmiralSlaughter
I am sorry i thought i was capable in taking on this debate when in reality i was not and furthermore i have no true reasons to go against yours.
Posted by R_Jacob_Percival_M 1 year ago
R_Jacob_Percival_M
I made a mistake in editing, I said "The value of it did not end with the end of the Space Race- it is a shell of history destined to lead nowhere. " I meant that it is NOT a shell of history.
Thank you, and sorry for this error.
Posted by Gregg_Hyde 1 year ago
Gregg_Hyde
If nobody accepts soon, I shall accept.
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