Recently, NASA has been spending billions of dollars in researching our second nearest planet, Mars. In understanding the scientific importance that such research can mean, the United States is justified in spending this money on NASA space missions to Mars. President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that he believed that the United States could put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. Unfortunately, he never lived to see this prophetic feat performed. But in July of 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon before live audiences around the world.
b. The NASA petition already has over 10,000,000 supporters and has recently forced the government to re-assign some funds back to NASA. 2. Although showing support on such platforms goes a long way, it is important to be passionate about the cause itself. Only when you realize the importance of the space program will you be able to truly value this proposal.
If that doesn’t start to make you feel good about NASA, try... ... middle of paper ... ... dollars; they’ve been keeping our society up with the times. Actually, they’ve been keeping us ahead of the times. America is the home of innovation and advancement and NASA is at the forefront of that. Again, I’ll agree that the budget is a large amount, but Michael Griffin, former NASA administrator said it best during a presentation to aerospace leaders in 2009; “What we do is huge, and we do it for chump change – less than the annual market for pizza,” the pizza market at the time being $27 billion (Spires). Space exploration benefits everyone.
If an organization can bring about economic value at 10 folds the original budget, it would be logical to continue funding it, if not increasing the funds. Even if we disregard the economic value of the space program, the achievements of NASA speak for themselves. The ability to send humans onto the moon, survey the surface of Mars using the Curiosity rover, and even finding water on a foreign planet is astounding. Even looking at the International Space Station, it seems abundantly clear that the space program brings more unanimity between nations than the military will ever hope to achieve, while the military has a budget 33 times that of the space program. Hence, blaming the costs of the space program is an absurd argument, as the budget that is put into the program is used very
Also, if the moon landing did not occur, we would not have been able to create more up to date models and send them into space to explore. Despite the fact that no human has landed on the moon since, satellites have provided us with useful information while exploring outer space. Finally, if the US had not landed on the moon, we would not have won the Space Race. For all we know, we could have still been involved in the Cold War to this day. Landing on the moon was a great leap for mankind and technology as a whole.
If the taxpayer money is taken from space exploration it would be a waste of money, time, and resources( Source H). Money is one of the important factors to consider in space exploration, but it should primarily be on the knowledge gained. The knowledge everyday people have about the planets, suns, and moons defeats any other organism or animal. Previously, our descents
This will continue the cycle of technological evolution, and it will make both NASA and space a part of every day life. These are radical changes, but they need to be made. It is imperative that NASA improve its public image with both Congress and American taxpayers, or the United States risks losing sight of space and all the wealth and progress it has to offer. If enough people band together, NASA and the U.S. government may hear our voices, and with our support, NASA may be able to return to the glory and praise it once knew as the finest space agency in the world. 1 NASA has planned more than 40 shuttle flights (“Space Station Assembly”, Para.
Private corporations, such as the Tempur-Pedic mattress company and the Umqua water purification company, received their start in the NASA space program (McBrien). Companies like these employ hundreds of Americans, and the world would surely feel their absence if these businesses did not receive a jump start from NASA. Space programs themselves contribute significantly to the economy, furnishing a significant return on the money invested in them. Estimates of NASA’s economic gain relative to money spent range from 2-to-1 to as high as 14-to-1 (McBrien). In any event, the companies and technologies that originated in space research certainly provide full reimbursement for government spending on
To begin to talk about the future of the space program, one must first read about the past. The amount of excitement forty-six years ago, created by the first man on the moon, has and probably will never be reached today or in the future (“The Future of Space Exploration”). This is important because the people who are excited by the space program as a child, might end up with a career with the space program in the future. The United States of America did not just have a goal, it was also “a challenge” and a race (The Future of Space Exploration”). Without a goal one
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard" (Kennedy). When John F. Kennedy said these famous words, he set the stage for one of the greatest accomplishments the United States of America has ever made. Over the course of that decade, the space race would be in full swing; a universal goal would unite the nation to achieve the dream of sending a man to the moon and safely back to earth. Through human determination, the United States made enough scientific breakthroughs to alter events back on planet earth. In one decade, this nation was able to prove that the sky is no longer the limit.