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  • Space holds more alternate possibilities than our oceans

    Someone stated the ocean holds unknown which is very true, but space is larger and contains more resources than the entirety of our oceans. People believe space travel is just in movies and daydreams but in reality we are very close to something, if NASA were to receive more tax dollars and funding we could probably make break throughs in both technology and science. And theres a great saying about science, "its not about the why its about the why not"

  • We need a backup planet when Earth fails us.

    We are polluting Earth, and when it gets too polluted to live on, we need to have another planet to go to. In Wall-E, Earth gets too wrecked to live on, but the humans built a space ship and sent it into space, I think we should go to a planet, not spaceship because a planet costs less money to colonize than to build a humongous spaceship but if we need to,for some reason, we should learn how to build one by exploring space.

  • Space exploration leads to technology advances

    Many technologies that we have today are a direct result of research done for space explorations. One such example is that computers needed to be smaller and lightweight for the Apollo missions; this led to the development of the microprocessor, which is the basis of modern computing. NASA research into lightweight, cost-effective, easily-produced and efficient materials not only contribute to their efforts in space, but also to life down on Earth, and that's one reason why space exploration is important.

  • Ocean exploration is less expensive and offers (possibly) more

    National Geographic has estimated less than 5 precent of Earth's oceans have been explored. The potential for new life forms, valuable resources, and alternate energy sources are VERY much so a possibility considering we have no idea what the other 95 precent consists of. Yes, it is true that NASA only receives .5% of tax dollars but ocean exploration receives even LESS than that. Plus it costs $10,000 to send a pound of material into outer space which is the reason for why it is so expensive. With ocean exploration we can uncover so much more for less and unlike space exploration, if we resources we have a better chance at retrieving it (considering its here on Earth on not lightyears away). And to top it all off ocean exploration can uncover YEARS of human history which is something space exploration will never be able to do.

    So even if pop culture praises space exploration over ocean exploration that doesn't make space better than Earth's oceans. It's time to hand funding off to exploring our oceans, and with the discoveries we make here on Earth maybe people will appreciate our home planet more and actually care that we're trashing it rather than making plans to run off to another planet.

    I may sound like an environmental nut case and honestly I'm not but it is true that we as a human race need to learn how to take care of our home first before we go to others.

    I think that space exploration is exciting and thrilling but in all honesty I believe in Star Wars and Star Trek is tainting my views. Imagine what ocean exploration would be like if there were franchises to grow up with (such as Star Wars) rather than a crappy 2000 leagues under the sea movie or The Little Mermaid.

  • Maybe we're all in love with the idea rather than the reality

    National Geographic has estimated less than 5 precent of Earth's oceans have been explored. The potential for new life forms, valuable resources, and alternate energy sources are VERY much so a possibility considering we have no idea what the other 95 precent consists of. Yes, it is true that NASA only receives .5% of tax dollars but ocean exploration receives even LESS than that. Plus it costs $10,000 to send a pound of material into outer space which is the reason for why it is so expensive. With ocean exploration we can uncover so much more for less and unlike space exploration, if we resources we have a better chance at retrieving it (considering its here on Earth on not lightyears away). And to top it all off ocean exploration can uncover YEARS of human history which is something space exploration will never be able to do.

    So even if pop culture praises space exploration over ocean exploration that doesn't make space better than Earth's oceans. It's time to hand funding off to exploring our oceans, and with the discoveries we make here on Earth maybe people will appreciate our home planet more and actually care that we're trashing it rather than making plans to run off to another planet.

    I may sound like an environmental nut case and honestly I'm not but it is true that we as a human race need to learn how to take care of our home first before we go to others.

    I think that space exploration is exciting and thrilling but in all honesty I believe in Star Wars and Star Trek is tainting my views. Imagine what ocean exploration would be like if there were franchises to grow up with (such as Star Wars) rather than a crappy 2000 leagues under the sea movie or The Little Mermaid.

  • No, we should not explore space.

    While space exploration was an important thing in the past, and some NASA experiments have led to technology breakthroughs, there are also negatives that we don't focus on a lot. One of those is space debris, which is creating a bit of a garbage dump in space. A second is the high financial cost of maintaining a space program. Another thing we don't focus on is fatalities that have resulted from our race to space, such as with the Challenger and Columbia. Space exploration is of interest to us as a community, but we also need to weigh our fascination with it against its costs.


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