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MisterJay
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kevz1140
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space exploration a waste of time

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kevz1140
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Started: 8/2/2013 Category: Science
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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MisterJay

Con

do any of you guys believe that space exploration is a waste of time? think again if you say yes
kevz1140

Pro

Firstly, I would like to thank Con for starting this debate, best of luck to the both of us!
*Please note, the side I am taking in this debate does not, in any shape or form, represent my real life opinion on this subject matter.

Now, onto the topic at hand. Many individuals would fully agree that humanity as a whole should indeed continue with space exploration, and certainly the 1969 moon landings "buzzed" up the craze for launching man-made probes, or humans, in space. People should duly note, however, that the moon landings of 1969 were in fact, not fueled by the thirst for scientific expertise, however it was during the period of time known as the Cold War, which sparked the event known as the "space race." That event involved two developed nations wanting to out-best each other at achieving reliable space flight. That event in history clearly proves that even in current times, nations are not exploring space for the scientific benefits, however only for economic and social superiority over one another. Very soon, as more and more nations achieve spaceflight, they will begin to involve their military forces in their operations, and then we bear the alarming threat of space warfare, whether in the near, or further future. Well established countries have already launched spy satellites into orbit, and while these are not necessarily combat satellites, we are already using space technology for combat operations.

Moreover, some people would argue that we should resolve all our problems on earth first, before even thinking about venturing into space. What gives us the right to travel to distant planets, or even the moon, if we have individuals starving on the sub-African continent, or threatening nuclear warfare against one another? We are currently at the precedence of an international environmental crisis and civilization as a whole is doing almost nothing to try and solve this, and the government is throwing money and resources to space exploration while the said money and resources is desperately needed elsewhere. As long as there are billions of people living in poverty, people dying of disease and malnutrition, countries threatening nuclear warfare against one another, we have absolutely no business in venturing beyond our home planet.

Furthermore, the resources and manpower required for space exploration are enormous, as I have stated before, we are poorly managing our resources. Some believe that the money used in space exploration can be diverted towards the poor. When many cannot even meet their basic needs of life, is it right to spend on space exploration?

That is all for my first argument, I will now pass the baton to my opponent, thank you.
Debate Round No. 1
MisterJay

Con

MisterJay forfeited this round.
kevz1140

Pro

As my opponent did not manage to submit a counter-argument in time, I have nothing to rebut, so I will now proceed with my constructive statements.

Continuing off my last point, in 1983, President Ronald Reagan proposed a new project known as the "Strategic Defense Initiative" or otherwise known as the "Star Wars Initiative," (based off the saga we all know today.) Basically, the initiative planned to have both land, and space based systems protect the United States for a foreign nuclear attack, or ICBM launch. Sounds good right? Not necessarily, not only was the initiative not feasible at the time, it would have also tipped the balance of mutually assured destruction, and have potentially sparked another nuclear arms race, one that rivals the Cold War. In fact, if that initiative was put in place, we could be facing another potential nuclear standoff right now.

More so, ever since the first satellite was put into orbit in 1951, (which, by the way, was also a key factor in the starting of the Cold War,) thousands of additional satellites were launched into space to orbit earth, although many of these satellites are used for peaceful purposes, the threat of collision with all this "Space junk" is increasingly alarming. We have already seen multiple occurrences of satellites falling out of orbit and impacting the land below, and indeed the day will come when a falling satellite will hit a populated area, and we will fully understand the threat of launching too many satellites into orbit.

That will be all for now, thank you.
Debate Round No. 2
MisterJay

Con

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kevz1140

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
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Debate Round No. 4
MisterJay

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kevz1140

Pro

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Debate Round No. 5
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Vote Placed by Ragnar 4 years ago
Ragnar
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