Space Travel : An Argument For The Continuance Of Space Exploration

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Our Place in the Stars: An Argument for the Continuance of Space Exploration

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 actually have the capability to travel through space! Unfortunately, some skeptics say that space exploration is a futile waste, and that programs like NASA are throwing away money that should be spent on more useful things. These naysayers would put to death one of the greatest undertakings in human history without considering the numerous values of space travel. For one instance, many incredible technologies result from experimentation in space travel. In addition, space travel offers remarkable opportunities for important 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 greatest endeavors humanity can possibly undertake.
The first major benefit of continued space exploration is the innovative technologies that result from space research. Some critics, such as —-Michael Gough—-, say that space…

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