Argument for the Continuation of the U. S Space Program

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The continuation of space exploration is vital to the human race, because it is a clear expression of man’s desire to expand and advance in knowledge and experience. The launch of the International Space Station is among one of the space programs greatest achievements. “On January 25th, 1994, The International Space Station was the highlight of a moment brimming with promise“ (Logsdon, 2008 p.237). This moment not only helped to define both technology and the economy as successful beneficiaries of Space Exploration, but also as a historically inspirational scientific development. I support continued space exploration because the discoveries and innovations that have developed from space exploration research, have made a tremendous technological and economic impact on the United States, justifying its costs. I will elaborate on these advances and discoveries in this research paper.

To understand and appreciate why space exploration should be continued, its achievements must be revealed. The science behind space exploration impacts so much more than one might have originally assumed. According to Kristen Kumar, “Important technology areas that have been impacted by space exploration research include; human health, space power and energy storage, life support and communication and navigation” (Kumar, 2011, p. 195). All of the things listed above have been the focus of the space program, and the results produced have been significant technological advances. Some of the most beneficial innovations have been a direct result of space exploration research, enhancing human life, society and the economy. The importance of Space Exploration has been often overlooked and undermined, but that does not change what it has done for the wo...

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