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Zack Murphy

Ms. McAlister

ENG 112-103

9 July 2017

Proposal for Space Exploration

Mankind has been fascinated with space for thousands of years. It was only recently that

humans started to make discoveries about space and less than fifty years ago that the first man

walked on the moon. In the 1600s Galileo was proving that Earth was not the center of the

universe. Just 300 years later mankind started to put satellites and eventually people into space.

The world is in an age of rapidly changing technology and countries with space exploration

programs need to be able to keep up with the technology. In order to fuel new innovations, make

new discoveries, and forge good relationships with other countries the United States needs to

continue to fund space exploration.

In his article, Yost mentions some of the inventions that were created by NASA. For

some, seeing the amazing things that NASA does can inspire them to go out and make something

new. In the Deep Space Exploration article, Smith discusses the fact that space exploration drives

people to want to explore past the Earth. It could be argued that without NASA the human race

may not have all of the great innovations that they have come to enjoy. NASA has discussed the

possibility of being able to land on an asteroid to refuel during a long flight. This could be the

beginning of a new age of space travel. Having enough fuel to make it there and back is one of

the biggest problems faced by those in the space exploration industry. These types of new

projects could allow mankind to go further than ever imagined. With the ever growing amount of

advancements in technology there is no telling what the next ten or twenty years will bring.
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The many missions NASA has launched have fueled may new discoveries that could

someday change the world. From the Mars rover to the Moon landing NASA has accomplished

some truly incredible things and they are just getting started, as long as they have the funding.

NASA has sent many missions to almost every planet in the solar system, each one returning

invaluable information. There is so much that space could teach that it is crazy to think that

anyone would not be in favor funding its exploration. However, with budget cuts, NASA is

having to push back dates and even get rid of projects that they do not have the money for. The

percentage of the total budget going towards NASA is at an all time low. This means that NASA

will have to pick and choose which project they want to work on more because they dont have

the money to do everything.

The International Space Station is not owned by any one country and therefore forces the

astronauts inside of it to get along with whoever may be living with them. There are many

different countries that contributed the the construction of the ISS. The ISS is one of mankinds

greatest achievements. It is basically a giant house and laboratory that is floating in space. This

can help in many ways because the astronauts learn to get along with one another, which can

lead to countries liking each other. Sometimes astronauts from different countries will all a ride

to the ISS together. This means that the governments of the countries will be involved and can

help their relationship.

Some people are very against the idea of space exploration. There are people like Peter

Pawlick who wrote about how NASA needs to stop focusing on manned space craft missions.

Pawlick argued that robotic missions can go further and have no potential harm to anyone, while

still being able to transmit data from the site they landed at. This is a very interesting concept

because NASA has landed on multiple planets and moons with robots, while their manned
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missions have only made it to the moon. Others, like Yost, claim that NASA as a whole needs to

have its funding cut so that the money can be used elsewhere. He argues that the amount of

money that is spend on NASA could help millions all around the world, but instead it is being

used to conduct experiments in space that are not worth anything.

Space Travel will always be on the mind of humans. NASA will always be able to

advance their crafts and go deeper into the great unknown. The only thing stopping that from

happening in twenty years, instead of one hundred, is funding. There is only one way to find out

what is really out there and that is to explore. NASA is responsible for inventions, discoveries,

and keeping up international relations. They are a vital administration and should be treated like

it when the budget is being made.


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