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Should we spend U.S. money on Space Expeditions?

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Started: 10/22/2015 Category: Science
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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No We should not, although the United States budget is about $3.9 trillion dollars, Just the launch of a space shuttle costs $450 million and there have been about 130 of them. This is not the only reason why, 18 astronauts have died because of flight incidents, we could be spending money on more safer things down here, I get that they want to explore etc. but it's most likely not going to change anything, we have a lot more issues down here than there is up there. We have starving people, homeless, and even worse we have veterans on the streets. Yes we have programs to help these things but, the association for the veterans only covers a fraction of them which means there are lots of them out there not getting any help. They are out there wondering why their sacrifice was so easily discarded. There are many veterans taking their life each day, 1 veteran every 2 hours, imagine how many that is a year... We need to help them and homeless and starving people. We have more worse issues down here and you mean to tell me you want to explore space?


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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."
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."
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."
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
Debate Round No. 1


Space exploration is almost like science fiction. The amount of space that is out there is unimaginable, and discovering everything that exists would be nearly impossible. Space exploration gives us a broader view of how big the universe that we live in actually is. It helps us to understand different things, even about our own planet. Who knows, maybe one day it will even come across valuable resources life, This could take years though but, saving homeless, and veterans etc. would take a lot less amount of time than that. Also, it is a lot less dangerous,11 astronauts have died in training incidents and 18 have died in in-flight accidents. Since the space exploration involves space technology and astronomy, it usually requires a big amount of capital just to travel to space. People who argue and say that we should the one thing their missing out on is that sending humans into space and exploring could cause pollution in space, personally I think that sending all these satellites and sending other stuff could damage space. You can agree that we are polluting earth and there are many people who want to discover space, but we wouldn't want to deal with polluting space would we?


Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
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.
Debate Round No. 2


But it will take generations for us to even develop the technology to even get someone outside this solar system.


we already have this tech. We have the reason to fund it. We must proceed. Vote for me!
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by whiteflame 1 year ago
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5 points to Pro (Arguments, Sources). Reasons for voting decision: He was the only one who used sources.

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