A New Era of Space Exploration Essay

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The United States government has made space exploration a high priority, but it at a high cost with a high reward. A new 17.5 billion dollar budget established for 2015 has been set in place for NASA to invest in new shuttles and other technologies required for new exploration (Klotz). Until 2017, which is when the first American shuttles are schedule to be ready, the cost for an American to go to the International Space Station on a foreign shuttle would cost nearly 65 million dollars a seat (Klotz). With the shuttle program that had been around for 30 years coming to an end in 2011 by President Obama, a complete overhaul at NASA is underway. The president reflected on the shutdown of the historic program, “The shuttle did some …show more content…
Government funding along with other private funding are both crucial to the United States’ goal of exploring space beyond our moon. Many people were shocked to see the shuttle program come to an end. The program had been around for 30 years and sent many men to the Moon while on other missions as well. The reason behind ending the program that had done so much for America is because the cost of maintaining the outdated technology is too expensive. President Obama would also like to see NASA head in new direction and has been pushing them. A lot of the technology was made during the 1970’s and 80’s while the shuttle program was first being built, which is very outdated now. The cost to keep the shuttle program afloat outweighs the cost of investing in new and better technology for future missions. Along with shutting down the shuttle program, President Obama wants NASA to focus more on deep space missions. NASA is essentially rebuilding itself for the future creating new technology and several new shuttles. As a result of the shutdown, thousands of NASA employees will lose their jobs (Malik). New employees are vital for the new vision NASA has. President Obama is excited for the new direction of NASA, he went on to say, “I have tasked the men and women of NASA with an ambitious new mission: to break new boundaries in space exploration, ultimately sending Americans to Mars. I know they are up for the challenge – and I plan to be around to see it.” (quoted in Malik-

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