Space Exploration Essay

1195 WordsFeb 7, 20125 Pages
"The Earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in." –Robert Heinlein. With the economy the way it has been the past few years, the designation of the nation's resources is becoming more and more controversial. The space program has been battling a lot of criticism and the cutting of resources over the past year. Many people see the space program's budget as a cost, others see it as an investment. This essay covers both sides of the argument, and the purpose is for you to walk away knowing what the differences are, so you can be more prepared to choose where you stand. On one side, there are those who are against the allocation of money to the space program. These people generally see the trillions of tax dollars that are spent on exploration, could be better spent somewhere a little closer to home. Things like poverty, developing third world countries, and building hospitals and schools. Many US citizens argue that the NASA program is even unconstitutional, stating that taking money, that isn't directly related to protecting the United States from imminent danger, is wrong. Also, with the recent technological failures in some the projects, many people think that the money being routed to the space program will go up in flames much like the Challenger tragedy. Many times the projects miss their deadlines by months even years, and end up spending up to 30% more of their resources than what was initially agreed upon. Nowadays, there is a group of exploration supporters, that even see problems with the way the space program is being handled now. "New Space advocates believe programs are too big, too expensive, and too slow." (Chang A18). Many of these "New Space" supporters believe that opening the space frontier to entrepreneurs and investors will open up a whole new side to exploring the unknown. As of the past year, and

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