The Space Of Space Travel

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The idea of space travel has fired the imaginations of people for hundreds of years. From the publication of Jules Verne’s book, From the Earth to the Moon, in 1865 to the recent release of the movie, The Martian, space travel has held a special place in the hearts of human beings. However, unlike so many other fictional sciences, modern humans have the capability to travel through space! Unfortunately, skeptics say that space exploration is a futile waste and that programs like NASA are throwing away money that the government should spend on more useful projects. These naysayers would put to death one of the greatest undertakings in human history without considering the various values of space travel. For one instance, numerous innovative technologies result from experimentation in space travel. In addition, space travel offers remarkable opportunities for significant research in all areas of science. Finally, all human beings have an intrinsic need to explore the furthest corners of the Earth and the universe, to see beyond the next horizon, to “boldly go where no man has gone before” (Star Trek). In this day and age, space exploration is one of the grandest endeavors humanity can possibly undertake. TECHNOLOGICAL BENEFITS The first major advantage of continued space exploration is the innovative technologies that result from space research. Critics such as Michael Gough say that space exploration has no tangible benefits to the present world and provides no significant return for the money spent on it (Gough). However, this is a mistaken assumption. While the primary goal of programs like NASA is to explore into outer space, the realization of this goal results in numerous useful inventions. One could talk for days about the s... ... middle of paper ... ...t some form of extraterrestrial life may exist or have once existed on Mars. Not to say that the Earth is in danger of invasion from little green men; it would be more probable to find a kind of single-celled bacteria than to find Marvin the Martian. However, even such a seemingly insignificant discovery would be a monumental revelation about the formation of life in the universe. So, one should not entirely discount the possibility of life on Mars. After all, in Ray Bradbury’s book The Martian Chronicles, the fictional Martians proclaimed “The third planet (Earth) is incapable of supporting life… Our scientists have said there’s far too much oxygen in their atmosphere” (Bradbury). Scientists should remember that they do not know everything about where life can and cannot exist. While Bradbury’s Martians were fictional, extraterrestrial life on Mars is quite feasible.

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