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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.
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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).
Space is also helping us to address some of today's most urgent problems. Space technology has produced tools that are transforming weather forecasting, environmental protection, humanitarian assistance, education, medicine, agriculture and a wide range of other activities. And, of course, a fascination with space leads many young people to pursue careers in science and technology, helping developing countries in particular to build up their human resources, improve their technological base and enhance their prospects for development" (Driscoll, 2003, 68) Beyond the economic and political aspects space exploration is a great catalyst for technological development and of course scientific discovery. If we neg... ... middle of paper ... ....hq.nasa.gov/office/hqlibrary/pathfinders/spinoff.htm Cozic, C. P. (1992). Space exploration: opposing viewpoints.
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