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colester112
Pro (for)
The Contender
syd132
Con (against)

The United States should continue exploration of outer space.

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Started: 12/18/2016 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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colester112

Pro

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Make this debate respectable. No cussing or making the other feel like they are complete idiots.
Also to my opponent please skip your 1st or last round because there will be only 3 rounds of debate.
syd132

Con

Our world is crumbling and we need to fix it, not go to space and try to find things and make that a good place. We need to get out of our debt (number one reason not to go), and even if we did have the needed money, use that money to focus on where we actually live and not spend it on things we don't need. We already know enough about space.
Debate Round No. 1
colester112

Pro

I will first begin by attacking my opponents case. In their speech they didn't provide any sources just comments that could not be true. Without any sources their entire 1st speech falls.

I will now go on to build my case. My 1st contention is that it creates jobs. 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.

It"s also unclear what constitutes a "job" under NASA parlance. Some universities have researchers working on multiple projects " NASA-related or not. Employment can also be full-time, part-time or occasional.

Now onto my 2nd contention which is education. Teaching has a high priority for NASA, so much so that it has flown astronaut educators in space. (The first one, Christa McAuliffe, died aboard the space shuttle Challenger during launch in 1986. Her backup, Barbara Morgan, was selected as an educator/mission specialist in 1998 and flew aboard STS-118 in 2007.) And to this day, astronauts regularly do in-flight conferences with students from space, ostensibly to inspire them to pursue careers in the field.

NASA"s education office has three goals: making the workforce stronger, encouraging students to pursue STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and "engaging Americans in NASA"s mission." Other space agencies also have education components to assist with requirements in their own countries. It"s also fair to say the public affairs office for NASA and other agencies play roles in education, although they also talk about topics such as missions in progress.

Anecdotally, however, many astronauts and people within NASA have spoken about being inspired by watching missions such as Apollo take place. And the same is true of people who are peripherally involved in the field, too. (A personal example: this author first became interested in space in the mid-1990s through the movie Apollo 13, which led to her watching the space shuttle program more closely.)

It's for these reasons that I strongly urge a pro vote in this debate.
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