In 1969, millions of Americans watched in rapture as the first human being set foot on the alien landscape of the moon. The country rejoiced in this exhibition of our abilities, this application of our knowledge. Now, with the decimation of NASA’s budget, those glory days are over.Government funding for the space agency is at an all-time low, and the space shuttle program is being retired. No longer can the United States send people to the moon, or into space at all for that matter. The country that first reached the moon – the country that once had the most impressive space program in the world – is forced to hitch rides on Russian and Chinese shuttles (Borenstein). In many ways, our best days are behind us, and we have lost a very important source of pride for our country. America used to be a nation whose accomplishments made other countries look to us in awe. The slow removal of our national space program is a step awayfrom progress. It is imperative that the United States reinstates the space shuttle program and restores funding for the future dreams of space exploration.
Have you ever used a personal computer or tuned in on a weather forecast? Do you know anyone who uses a hearing aid or an artificial heart pump? Have you ever thought about the technology that went into all those “selfies” we take? All of these innovations can be accredited to the research and development done by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Wilson). They are just a few of the over 1,500 spin-off inventions that have emerged from our space program. The research developed for space travel has touched practically every aspect of society today. From saving human lives with cutting edge cancer cell research, to saving the en...
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