The Benefits of Space Exploration

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Curiosity has played an integral role in the advancement of the human species. From the discovery of fire by ancient ancestors to modern space explorations, it has been curiosity and the pursuit for a better future that has made humanity explore and innovate. However, exploration and innovation has never come without sacrifice. In regards to modern space exploration, the efforts to explore the universe has had negative effects including the loss of 18 human lives as of 2005 (CBS News, 2005), a tremendous investment of money, as well as adverse environmental effects both within Planet Earth and the solar system. These sacrifices have been made in efforts of propelling humanity into its most technologically and scientifically advanced stages. Therefore, due to the overwhelming social, economic, and scientific technological advancements that have been made because of investment in space exploration, the stakes and sacrifices made do not outweigh the benefits contributed. Before one can criticise the efforts invested in space exploration, particularly monetary efforts, one must understand the underlying beneficial societal impact that is associated with investing time and money in space exploration. One is not only investing in merely ‘visits to outer space’ when funding and supporting space exploration (The US Space Program Benefits, n.d.). The money spent is invested in various industries such as manufacturing, research and development, salaries and benefits, doctors, teachers, scientists, students and various businesses. Investment in these sectors is in fact stimulating further growth of the economy and contributing to the social advancement of the society (Livingston, 2008). According to G. Scott Hubbard, a profe... ... middle of paper ... ..., March 11). The Cold War & Space Race. Vibration Data. Retrieved March 30, 2012, from http://www.vibrationdata.com/SpaceRace.htm Livingston, D. (2008, January 21). Is space exploration worth the cost?. The Space Review: Essays and Commentary about the Final Frontier. Retrieved March 28, 2012, from http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1040/1 NASA. (n.d.). Project Apollo: A Retrospective Analysis. NASA History. Retrieved March 29, 2012, from http://history.nasa.gov/Apollomon/Apollo.html The US Space Program Benefits. (n.d.). Problem Solving Techniques . Retrieved March 27, 2012, from http://www.problem-solving-techniques.com/US-Space-Program.html Waymer, J. (2011, July 31). Space Program's Environmental Cleanup Could Take Decades. USA Today. Retrieved March 29, 2012, from http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/space/2011-07-31-nasa-environmental-cleanup_n.htm
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