“Sputnik marked the beginning of the "space race," a period of nearly twenty years during which fierce US and Soviet competition spurred both countries to make rapid progress in aeronautic engineering,” (Lee). This period of time birthed a new program from the American government, called the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA. NASA has been building rockets, training astronauts, and studying space for the benefit of science, the government, and the people of America since 1958. Unfortunately, many people don't realize how important NASA is, and there have been efforts made to stop the government from funding NASA. This program is essential for increasing knowledge of outer space, protecting planet Earth, and creating new technologies even used by the average citizen. NASA deserves to continue to be funded, and there are many reasons why.
For example, NASA is responsible for collecting important data from the universe and building new technologies to discover even more. Satellites, probes, rovers, and astronauts travel to distant celestial bodies to collect information on how these masses work and to discover if they can use any resources from these places to benefit people on Earth. For instance, Curiosity, the Mars rover, has found evidence that life could have once lived on Mars (Daines). Also, astronauts at the International Space Station have made progress on learning what the effects on humans are when living in space (Daines). These advances could not have happened without NASA’s innovative technology and their drive to learn and explore.
However, there are many arguments that go against the information that NASA collects: “Critics argue that the scientific knowledge gained by manned space missions is lar...
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