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Space Exploration Essay

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Space Exploration Must Continue
If The United States of America (USA) discontinues space exploration America will not continue to be viewed as a world leader by other countries. According to Encyclopedia Britannica Online Academic Edition, “Space exploration is the investigation, by means of manned and unmanned spacecraft, of the reaches of the universe beyond Earth’s atmosphere and the use of the information so gained to increase knowledge of the cosmos and benefit humanity” ("Space Exploration"). Even though financial costs are on the rise, the continuance of space exploration is imperative to our developing world because learning about life on other planets, untapped natural ...view middle of the document...

A scientist named John Grotzinger said “We have characterized a very ancient, but strangely new “gray mars” where once were favorable for life” (qtd. in “Science Daily”). At one point in time there may have been some form of life on mars, what kind of life is irrelevant just the fact that life existed at all is outstanding. If life ceased to exist on Mars then it stands to reason that the same thing will happen to humans that exist on earth. One could say this is a good argument to explore space in greater depth. With the documented discoveries of outer space, it is imperative that space exploration continue. Without continued exploration, we will never know what else is in the vast unknown of our universe.
Continuing exploration enables scientists to find natural resources that can may be used to benefit the human race. Scientists strongly believe we will locate these natural resources through further space expeditions. It is believed that large ice blocks lye in the deep craters on the moon. Dr. Ian Crawford said, “If you’ve got ice you’ve got a supply of water that is usable in itself and it is electrolysable into hydrogen and oxygen – your two main rocket propellants of choice” (Excell, 22). As the natural resources on earth are used in mass quantities because of rapidly growing populations, we must seek out other sources. I am not in the habit of turning down something that I can achieve with a little hard work, the USA needs to adapt this same principle. Jon excel said, “With the space race back on, engineers are considering the potential of using lunar resources to fuel further exploration of the solar system, we may even find resources available to us that can be used for a type of fuel” (Excell, 23). If exploration of the moon, in essences space exploration, comes to a halt we will not now if natural resources exist that have the potential to further that cost of space exploration. The other side of this coin is that the moon can prove to be a waste of time and money as it is the unknown that we are exploring. It is a tough debate, continued exploration may access valuable resources but this comes at the risk of incurring a huge financial burden. Jon Excell believed, ”When in July 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon anything seemed possible. The wildest imagining of science fiction writes had been made fact. The rest of the solar system beckoned. Few have predicted that manned lunar exploration would stutter to a halt a few years later” (Excell, 22). One could say that manned lunar exploration stuttered to a halt because people believed that the moon had nothing to offer in the way of resources. However, locating natural resources was not the main focus of the previous space expeditions. Once all of the options are weighed, the facts stand on their own that space exploration...

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