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Should we explore space? Show more Show less

Humans have been fascinated with space for centuries. Mayans made a calendar from the stars, Galileo made a telescope, and a man was put on the moon. Space is vast, and scientists still don’t know a lot about it. Is space worth still exploring? Now that the space race has died down, does humanity need to continue to learn about space?

"No, we shouldn’t explore space" Show more Show less

Space has been the attention of humankind for centuries. Yet discoveries that expand our understanding of space have been few and far between. There hasn’t been enough money to fund expensive equipment that may or may not work. The money would be better spent on what the earth needs opposed to faraway planets and stars.
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Space exploration is a waste of money

NASA has tons of money to spend every year. Those who support it insist that space travel is one of the most important initiatives to fund. But there are more important things that money could be put towards.
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Context

The Argument

Exploring space is a waste of money. NASA has a budget of $22.6 billion and $10.35 billion of it (45.8%) goes to space travel.[1] Instead of throwing money away to something that may not even benefit us, the money should be used for small organizations that rely on donations instead of government funding.

Counter arguments

Space is worth funding because it could support humanity in the future. Since 1991, a tenth of the Earth’s ecosystems have already been destroyed, and it’s likely to get worse.[2] That’s the perfect reason to find a different planet to inhabit. It should be done as soon as possible before the Earth can’t sustain humanity anymore.

Framing

Premises

[P1] NASA spends $10.35 billion a year on space exploration. [P2] Exploring space isn’t worth financial support. [P3] The money should go to other organizations.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Exploring space provides new knowledge for mankind. [Rejecting P3] Money going to a space program does not prevent it from going to other organizations. Government systems and relief projects already get more financial support than space travel.

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References

  1. https://www.planetary.org/get-involved/be-a-space-advocate/nasa-budget.html
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/08/humans-have-destroyed-a-tenth-of-earths-wilderness-in-25-years-study

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