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Should we try to get to Mars?

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Started: 12/9/2016 Category: Places-Travel
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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We should most definitely not work towards building technology to go to Mars.

First of all, we will lose a ton of money. Going to Mars is a costly process, when we could be spending money on other things more important, like stopping homelessness. Why should we spend money on going to Mars when we could do many great things with the money.

Also, the human death toll is already to much. We have already had way to many people die due to space exploration. Why should we take out the lives of innocent people for science. It's like saying that some random person is going to be a test subject for a study.

Now that we have thrown human lives and millions of dollars in the trash, we should think about something else. Why are we trying to go to Mars when it would be completely useless to us. I would understand if we were going there because there was oxygen, but going to Mars gives us absolutely nothing except bragging rights.


I understand how you think having people die from space exploration be the reason we don't go, but I do not see how you came to the conclusion that there is nothing useful on Mars. Yes it would cost a lot of money, but it would be worth it. We have only been able to scratch the surface of Mars. We could find a new element below the surface that could make cars run without ruining the earth. Also we do not want to go for just bragging rights. We as humans are naturally curious of the things we do not know. Therfore it is only natural we are drawn to the unknowing mars.
Debate Round No. 1


You claim that we could find a new element that could run cars. The truth is, we already know many things about Mars that we have figured out in a much cheaper way. A new element would be highly unlikely. Yes, I also agree that humans are curious. But should we really let people die for curiosity? In my opinion, no. Also, the money spent on working on this space exploration project could be used for numerous things. We could give thousands of homeless people houses. Are we really going to not give money to the homeless just for one person's curiosity?


You say it is very unlikely to find a new element I disagree. Using the car was just an example, the element could be used for multiple things that could make life easier. Also yes we could use the money for homeless people to have housing. The truth is we do not have enough money to give every homeless person a home. This would only happen if every country helped and that will not happen. Your argument that we shouldn't let people die is in my opinion invalid. That's like saying we need to end anything that can kill humans which is almost anything. As with any thing you do, you should understand the risk that can occur, so people who do not wish to risk there life's do not have to participate.
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Reasons for voting decision: Although I am an irl friend of Pro, and agreed with him throughout the debate, his arguments were lacking. On the other hand, I found the arguments put forth from Con to contain many a grammatical or spelling mistake. There were no citations on either side, and all discourse remained civil.