Essay about The Physics Of Space Travel

1011 Words Nov 4th, 2016 5 Pages
In 1926 Robert Goddard created the first liquid-fueled rocket, but it was not until the late 1950’s and early 1960’s that the space race between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics hit full swing with the launch of Sputnik, the flight of Yuri Gagarin, and John F. Kennedy’s promise to land a man on the moon. In order to achieve these accomplishments large sums of funding needed to be allocated to the research and development of space flight. The US government has continued their research to this day but some people believe that this research is should not be done because it takes both funding as well as researchers away from more important issues. This is inaccurate because not only does this research have beneficial results to the people alive today, but it will eventually become necessary for the survival of the human race. One of the Benefits of Research into space travel is that the technology that was created for extraterrestrial use can also be used on earth for human’s benefit. Toklu states that “until now [2015], there have been more than 30000 innovations triggered by space activities (553). Toklu give multiple different examples such as “water ballasted rafts, [and] viscoelastic foams”, water ballasted rafts were created by NASA in order to aid in the recovery of astronauts that landed in the ocean but are now used as emergency floatation for sailors, viscoelastic foam which is more commonly called memory foam was created in when trying to…

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