The Space Of Space Exploration Essay

1022 Words Nov 20th, 2014 null Page
Only fifty years ago, exploring space would be a daunting task. These days, humanity is much more experienced in this endeavor with the multiple successful missions doing so. Space exploration is the traveling through the unknowns of space and the research of extraterrestrial bodies using spacecrafts. This includes sending both man and unmanned spacecrafts meant to observe and travel to planets and asteroids. Currently, we live at the dawn of a new space age powered by technological advancements and the rapid privatization of the space industry. However, privatization of space only covers the directly profitable areas, the majority of deep space exploration today and in the near future depends on government agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA). Although in the long term private companies may be able to control space exploration as do private industries do with aviation, the exigency of space exploration exists today (Iannotta, 2). Therefore, the funding these government agencies receive directly impact the amount of space exploration undergone and maintains as a popular topic of debate.
The two primary positions debated are whether we should implement policies to increase funding of space agencies or to limit the amount of funding these agencies receive. Those who believe that funding for these agencies should be increased generally argue that doing so would be greatly beneficial for our future and…

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