Should we spend U.S. money on Space Expeditions?
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"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win."
R13; John F. Kennedy
1: Why we need space exploration. From the NASA website. "Humanity's interest in the heavens has been universal and enduring. Humans are driven to explore the unknown, discover new worlds, push the boundaries of our scientific and technical limits, and then push further. The intangible desire to explore and challenge the boundaries of what we know and where we have been has provided benefits to our society for centuries.
Human space exploration helps to address fundamental questions about our place in the Universe and the history of our solar system. Through addressing the challenges related to human space exploration we expand technology, create new industries, and help to foster a peaceful connection with other nations. Curiosity and exploration are vital to the human spirit and accepting the challenge of going deeper into space will invite the citizens of the world today and the generations of tomorrow to join NASA on this exciting journey." http://www.nasa.gov...
We need space exploration to help us discover the solar system. This helps us expand our knowledge on where we are and what is out there in the universe.
2: How we need space exploration. The Senior Vice President of the National Space Society Jeffery Liss says, "The short answer -- more than three decades after Apollo 11 landed on the Moon -- to why we go into Space is "we must." Those who say that manned space flight is "a bust," or "unnecessary," are depressingly shortsighted. They miss the whole point. We send people into orbit because orbit is the first step to getting anywhere -- and everywhere -- else. And that, as every schoolkid knows, is the true purpose of spaceflight: to send people elsewhere, to have people living and working in space, to create new homes for humanity." http://www.chicagospace.org...
This whole point and article helps back my first point.
3: What space exploration does for us. "Another popularly cited benefit of space exploration is "job creation", or the fact that a space agency and its network of contractors, universities and other entities help people stay employed. From time to time, NASA puts out figures concerning how many associated jobs a particular project generates, or the economic impact. Here"s an example: in 2012, NASA administrator Charles Bolden published a blog post about the Curiosity Mars rover landing, which was picked up by the White House website. "It"s also important to remember that the $2.5 billion investment made in this project was not spent on Mars, but right here on Earth, supporting more than 7,000 jobs in at least 31 states," he wrote." http://www.universetoday.com...
The U.S. poverty rate is at one of it's highest points in the U.S. history. This is one of many points expressed in the article above.
Conclusion: "Since, in the long run, every planetary civilization will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring--not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive... If our long-term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds."
R13; Carl Sagan
Martin Luther King, Jr.
We are trying to help others. We are doing the following:
1. providing more space. We recently found Earth 2.0. We have found a planet we may be able to live upon. This is the first way we are helping.
2. Helping the homeless and hungry you talk about. We are creating more jobs with this so those helpless and hungry people can go get a job, get an education, and stop being homeless and hungry.
3. Surviving. We can spread, repopulate, and travel near and far. We will survive.
Conclusion: We need to risk polluting space because there is not enough power in alternative fuels to get us to space. Also if this means we survive we need to risk the space pollution. So unless you are providing a solution I suggest we keep going.
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