The Importance Of Funding NASA

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These past few years the US government has drastically lowered the amount of funding NASA receives, hindering what they are able to do. However, recently privately owned companies such as SpaceX and Boeing have begun to design commercial space ships, and have even had major success and break through with those ships. Space is one of the last places, that we’re able to truly explore and find new things that could possibly help us back here on earth. Given this, NASA should receive a higher amount of funding so that it may keep up with the privately owned companies, explore new planets that could be used for colonization, and explore and discover of new and exotic places that we would never think were possible. Many people oppose the position …show more content…
The first thing they don’t talk about, is the economic potential there is with space exploration, similar to how the invention of ships expanded the economy of many early civilizations. Then, with their point of spending more money on other things such as improving our atmosphere or changing the weather, they fail to realize that NASA’s funding has been slowly decreasing these last few years and still nothing related to the oppositions suggestions for what the money should be spent on has been done. NASA’s funding is so low that it can’t even launch their own astronauts up to the International Space Station, instead they buy a seat on one of Boeing or SpaceX rockets, and still no money is going towards the things they suggested. Another argument they don’t realize that’s invalid is that NASA does nothing. Throughout their research, development, and launch of ships into space they have created several pieces of technology that are still used today. For example, NASA lists several inventions you can thank them for on their website which include LED’s, firefighter equipment, enriched baby food, and much more. Additionally, they not only provided physical items, but also a sense of pride to the American …show more content…
This ties directly into the opposition’s argument to fix the Earth. Why spend money delaying the inevitable death of our planet, when we could find a new planet that would alleviate the strain we’re putting on this one, solving both problems. Throughout the explorations to find a new planet, we’d most likely find other planets that are full of valuable resources. Space is seemingly infinite, which means there’s a very high chance there are places where we could harvest water, minerals, and even energy. A couple years ago NASA discovered a giant cloud of water out in space. NASA claims there is “equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the world 's ocean” (NASA). Then later on they say this black hole is “20 billion times more massive than the sun and produces as much energy as a thousand trillion suns” (NASA). Just in that one location we would be able to have an almost infinite source of water, and a powerful source of infinite energy. Without the proper funding, NASA will never be able to reach these far off places so that they are able to utilize these resources. Being able to harvest these types of items from space would solve almost all of our problems back here on Earth as well as allowing us to explore and possibly discover a new alternative to

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