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should we fund the mining of asteroids

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Started: 11/23/2015 Category: Economics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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yougonnalose

Con

the rounds will as follows
1. acceptance
2. speech
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NotFalco

Pro

I accept this debate, and I hope to change your mind about a few things.
Debate Round No. 1
yougonnalose

Con

1. The cost, the cost for doing one mission is too much for our50 million dollar budget. According to NASA, the space shuttle Endeavour a rocket that just orbited the earth cost 1.7 billion dollars for its missions alone. Now I"m talking about a mission to go mine asteroids in the asteroid belt between mars and Jupiter. Now if we took humans to the asteroid belt also, that"s a lot more money because they would need an abundance of water, oxygen, and food. The ship would also have to be bigger for the materials that they mine and for the fuel tank to hold the fuel for the way to and from. To launch a shuttle alone costs 450 million dollars.

2. Its dangerous, It would be dangerous to send people into space to mine these asteroids. Human life is valued at 9.1 million dollars, plus you would also lose the space craft and all the mineral if something happened up that and they could not be rescued. So pretty much if it didn"t work out we would basically lose a crap ton of many and if it did work *maybe just maybe* get our money back. Yes, there could be billions of dollars" worth of minerals on those asteroids, but we wouldn"t be able to return all of it because we would have no way to transport it. Since we have no knowledge of how fast these asteroids are going. By the time we get there we could"ve, missed it or get obliterated by the asteroid.

3. We do not have the technology to get there, WE need a lot of science and math to plan a mission to a asteroid, with a bunch of high grade technology for us to land a probe on the asteroid. WE would not know how fast that asteroid is going. So we are going to send millions,

maybe even trillions of dollars of equipment and land by judgement? We cant just take a chance and launch a probe to its doom. That would be a waste in time and money.
NotFalco

Pro

NotFalco forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
yougonnalose

Con

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NotFalco

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
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