Space Exploration Persuasive Essay

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When it comes to the United States, space exploration has always been a strange and peculiar subject. It seems everybody has an opinion on whether or not the billions of dollars the government is spending on funding towards NASA has been beneficial towards the wellbeing of the country. President-elect, Donald Trump, just recently issued a statement saying that NASA will shift its focus towards space exploration and less towards climate change, stating that it is just a “political hoax”. Trump positions that although climate research is important, it has been highly politicized and altered, and therefore the budget should be set to help study more for solid science. “NASA 's Earth Science Division is set to receive $2 billion in funding in 2017. …show more content…
In the international space program, the government’s budget is around 41.26 billion dollars, and that funding only covers 13% of the total budget (Bhavya 66). People continuously keep questioning if it is all worth it, especially when the United States is already drowning in national debt. But the bigger question here is what would happen if we didn’t explore it? What would happen if we abandoned all hopes of what is beyond our horizon and instead looked into what was easier? The answer to this is not a lot. “Even in troubled economic times, the United States is a sufficiently wealthy nation to embrace an investment in its own future in a way that would drive the economy, the country 's collective ambitions, and, above all, the dreams of coming generations,” (Tyson pg. 3). Space exploration has brought us so far already and improved many ways of life that if we were to abruptly stop studying it, our acceleration in technology would slow down also. Although costly, the benefits of space exploration greatly outweigh these costs because of what we have learned so far and what we will learn. Currently, the children of the future are sitting in a classroom and imagining what their destiny could possibly hold. What we are doing now when it comes to space travel will greatly affect this generation and nothing …show more content…
But something they don’t know about is that we are also superior in space technology. On January 20, 1969, the first step was taken on the moon. Exclaimed by Neil Armstrong, “That 's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” These words will forever ring in the minds of Americans. Not because we were the first people to ever land on the moon but because of the impact that American made compared to the rest of the world. Compared to countries such as Russia, France and China, we are currently ranked number one in space technology, including higher budget and expertise. However, this rank might not always withstand in the years to come. Author, Lal Bhavy, emphasizes the importance of national participation in the space program. “Assuming that current trends hold—and they may not—within the next 10 to 15 years the US government may no longer be the principal hub of the space community,” (Bhavya 69-70). He explains that because of the pace of technology, the United States’ developments will eventually become outdated. Therefore, there could be other countries that eventually will acquire more powerful mechanics than we will and this technology could possibly lead to more improvements in medicine, military and other aspects affected by modern day inventions. That is why it is important to

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